US utility Public Service & Enterprise Group (PSEG) has completed and connected to the grid 21.32MW of PV projects on landfill sites in New Jersey.
As part of the utility’s Solar 4 All programme, PSEG’s subsidiary Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) has installed the 10.14MW DC Parklands Solar Farm and 11.18MW DC Kinsley Solar Farm. Both were brought online in late December.
The 16.2 hectare Parklands site now houses over 33,000 solar panels, while the slightly smaller Kinsley plant (14 hectares) nonetheless features a slightly higher number of panels – just over 36,800. PV Tech reported the start of construction at Kinsley in October.
The utility’s Solar 4 All programme aims to complete 125MW of PV projects, with priority given to projects developed on over 100 acres (40 hectares) of brownfield or repurposed landfill sites. PSE&G has a portfolio of 26 solar projects, with seven on brownfield or landfill, including the Parklands and Kinsley power stations. Many of the other projects are distributed, with the two latest completions representing the largest centralised plants PSE&G has built so far.
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he was pleased to see PSE&G invest in clean energy which would benefit New Jersey’s future.
“Landfill solar projects are good for our state's environment, for public health and for the economy because they create jobs in the growing clean energy sector and protect the public health and the environment by reducing carbon emissions,” Sweeney concluded.
Large-scale landfill projects have been announced or have got underway in recent months in other regions of the US including Massachusetts and New York. Landfill sites are becoming convenient potential locations for solar in other countries including Japan, where a shortage of available land has led to government subsidies for such projects. Similarly, Japan is seeing a number of floating PV plant projects get underway, with Kyocera building a 13.4MW plant with floating PV specialist Ciel et Terre.