A landfill to solar project from Navisun LLC, a solar independent power producer that co-develops; acquires, owns, and also, operates distributed and small utility-scale solar projects, is nearing completion in New Jersey. The company announced this Monday.
Firstly, the project is a 4.5-megawatts community solar project in Union County, New Jersey. It is the Linden Hawk Rise, project; as it is under construction in the City of Linden’s former landfill. Consequently, the project is converting a previously unusable site into a productive solar farm.
Secondly, the company expects the project to deliver clean electricity to around 800 residents of Linden City; specially for those who are low to moderate-income.
Thirdly, the Linden Hawk Rise project is one of 45 solar projects, totaling 78 MW, that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) rigorously reviewed; scored and also awarded in Program Year 1 of New Jersey’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program.
Moreover, as part of the program, the Linden Hawk Rise project enables PSE&G utility customers in Linden; and also, adjacent municipalities, to access clean energy; particularly from solar energy projects located remotely from their property; all, without having to purchase and install solar panels.
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In addition, the program intends to expand equitable access to clean electricity; it also provides guaranteed savings of 10 to 15 percent for all customers.
Furthermore, about the relevance of the project, Carl Engelbourg, Marketing Consultant at Navisun, said. “As a long-term owner and operator of community solar facilities; we are proud to work with the community and be a part of New Jersey’s community solar pilot program.”
He also remarked. “We are pleased to support both the City of Linden, as well as the State of New Jersey in leading the way forward to our collective carbon-free future; by providing clean energy access, and associated savings, to local residents.”
Finally, clean equity is a critical goal of New Jersey’s push to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. In fact, New Jersey is the number one state in the country for installed solar capacity per square mile; and has the most planned community solar capacity serving LMI households.