New Jersey’s Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) began construction on its largest solar project to date, amounting to 11.18MW, atop the Kinsley Landfill in New Jersey, which has been closed since 1987.
PSE&G has hired Conti Enterprises as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Kinsley solar farm, which will span 35 acres and provide enough electricity to power 2,000 homes annually.
This project is the third instalment of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All programme that transforms New Jersey’s restless and open spaces like rooftops, parking lots and landfills, into large-scale, grid-connected solar projects. The Kinsley Solar Farm in Gloucester County, NJ marks phase two of Solar 4 All, which will add 42 MW to the 80 MW currently in service. Since 2009, PSE&G has invested more than $480 million in its Solar 4 All program, creating more than 1,600 jobs.
At Kinsley’s construction ceremony, PSE&G’s president, Ralph LaRossa, spoke about how Solar 4 All projects are in tune with New Jersey’s energy goals to support solar development in the state and maintain its scarce open space.
“Projects like this one at the Kinsley Landfill allow PSE&G to help New Jersey realise both goals. We are building enough grid-connected solar generation to power thousands of homes while reclaiming landfill space that has limited development opportunities,” said LaRossa.