New Jersey, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] New Jersey utility PSE&G has selected four sites and developers to put more than than 12 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar energy systems, representing an investment of US $50 million, into service. PSE&G hopes to start construction at its sites in Edison, Hamilton, Linden and Trenton this spring, with projects completed this summer and fall.
All four ground-mounted solar farms would be among the largest to be developed in New Jersey, with the Hamilton project being the largest in the state and the project in Linden the second largest. Approximately 150 jobs will be created when installation begins.
“We’re moving ahead with clean energy projects that will put people to work, installing tens of thousands of solar panels that will help the environment and stimulate the economy,” said Ralph LaRossa, president and COO of PSE&G. “Investments like these will help New Jersey attract manufacturing jobs and help workers build the skills required to compete in the new green economy.”
The design and installation work will be completed by four different solar developers. J. Fletcher Creamer & Son will develop the 2-MW Edison project. American Capital Energy will was tabbed for the 5.1-MW Hamilton project. Advanced Solar Products will develop the 3.6-MW Linden solar system. Finally SunEdison will develop a 1.3-MW project in Trenton.
With permission from local zoning and permitting boards, construction will begin in the spring. All four sites will utilize crystalline solar panel technology and have monitoring and communications functionality.
“We’re excited to partner with PSE&G on this project, which will have a positive economic and environmental impact on our company and on the state of New Jersey. With a green light from local officials, we’ll begin mobilization of a workforce, including new hires, who will design, construct and install thousands of solar panels that will bring green energy to Edison,” said Joseph T. Walsh, president of J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., a Hackensack-based general contractor. “This project gives us an opportunity to grow our business and to help increase solar generation capacity in New Jersey.”
The projects are part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program, which was approved by state regulators in July. The program involves a total of $515 million investment in 80 MW of solar photovoltaics.