PSE&G’s Sixth Landfill Solar Farm Is In Service
Repurposed Cinnaminson landfill will provide enough energy to power more than 2,000 homes
(Aug. 8, 2019 – Newark, N.J.) – Public Service Electric and Gas Co. announced today that its Cinnaminson Solar Farm is in service and supplying solar power to PSE&G electric customers. The 13 megawatt-dc solar farm is part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All® program and occupies 25 acres of reclaimed Superfund landfill space in Cinnaminson, N.J. It includes 32,490 solar panels and will generate enough electricity to power more than 2,000 average-size New Jersey homes annually.
“The Cinnaminson Solar Farm continues the work of our Solar 4 All program by putting landfill space with very limited development options to good use in the production of clean, renewable solar energy,” said Karen Reif, vice president of renewables and energy solutions for PSE&G. “Our solar projects are just one more way that PSE&G is working to advance New Jersey energy policy and provide a clean energy future for our state.”
Waste Management of New Jersey owns the Cinnaminson Landfill and PSE&G owns and operates the solar farm.
“Waste Management has always been a proponent of renewable energy projects,” commented Rafael Carrasco, area vice president for the Greater Mid-Atlantic area. “As the largest landfill gas to energy developer and operator in North America, we have generated enough renewable energy to power more than 460,000 homes and we are advancing projects to power our own fleet of CNG vehicles with landfill gas promoting a circular economy.”
“In North America we have partnered with companies like PSE&G to generate 54 megawatts of electricity from landfill-based solar farms,” he said. “We continue to look for opportunities to bring solar electricity to our customers and are delighted to be partnering with PSE&G on this project in Cinnaminson.”
The Cinnaminson Solar Farm is the 33rd Solar 4 All project, with six built on landfill sites and four built on brownfield sites. These 10 solar farms utilize more than 200 acres of landfill and brownfield space by installing more than 200,000 solar panels, capable of generating 65 megawatts-dc of solar power, which is enough to power about 10,000 homes annually.
“Land revitalization is a top priority of EPA’s Superfund cleanup mission,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “The Superfund Redevelopment Initiative has helped the Cinnaminson community reclaim and reuse this contaminated land, improving the quality of life, raising property values, and providing an environmentally-beneficial energy alternative.”
Since 2009, PSE&G has invested more than $600 million on the Solar 4 All program and created hundreds of jobs. At the height of construction, there were approximately 75 people on-site working on the Cinnaminson solar project in a range of jobs, including electricians, engineers, carpenters, heavy equipment operators and laborers.
PSE&G hired CS Energy, an industry leading solar installer, to act as turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the Cinnaminson Solar Farm.
“CS Energy is a leading landfill solar installer with over 150MW of landfill solar projects on our resume,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of CS Energy. “As a New Jersey company, CS Energy is proud to be using our landfill expertise to help PSE&G achieve its Solar4All goals and to continue to advance New Jersey’s ambitious clean energy program.”
Solar 4 All is a 158 megawatt-dc solar program that utilizes rooftops, parking lots, utility poles and landfills/ brownfields for large-scale, grid-connected solar projects. Including the Cinnaminson Solar Farm, there are 138 megawatts-dc in service.
Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest gas and electric delivery public utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability as well as the 2018 Outstanding Customer Reliability Experience Award. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company. PSEG has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for 11 consecutive years.