Renewable energy firm CS Energy has completed the construction of the largest solar energy project in New Jersey.
The 28.5-MW solar system, owned by Vitol Green Holdings, Ben Moreell Solar Farm and the Department of Navy (DON), is located at the Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle in Tinton Falls.
The project will provide energy to the local grid and to the naval base to power almost 1,500 military personnel and is part of efforts by New Jersey to meet goals set under its 2020 Energy Master Plan. New Jersey has set a target to become 100% renewables-powered by 2050.
The 2nd phase of the project, which is already underway, includes the installation of a separate behind-the-meter solar system that will connect directly to the NWS Earle utility grid, providing DON with renewable energy to support operations.
“Having access to reliable, sustainable and renewable sources of energy, like solar power, helps our Navy improve our energy security, operational capability, strategic flexibility and resource availabilities,” said Capt. Pierre A. Fuller, Commanding Officer, NWS Earle. “We are equally pleased this is the largest solar project in the state, to date, and it contributes to New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan.”