New Jersey community solar farm nears completion at former landfill site

One of 45 projects approved in the first year of New Jersey's Community Solar Energy Pilot Program, Linden Hawk Rise will provide enrolled residents with 10-15% guaranteed savings. The program will double in its second year. (Courtesy: Navisun)

Navisun is nearing completion on a 4.5 MW community solar farm project at a former landfill site in Linden, New Jersey.

The Linden Hawk Rise project will provide affordable, clean energy to approximately 800 residents, most of whom are low and moderate-income.

“We are pleased to support both the City of Linden as well as the State of New Jersey in leading the way forward to our collective carbon-free future by providing clean energy access, and associated savings, to local residents,” said Carl Engelbourg, marketing consultant at Navisun. “As a long-term owner and operator of community solar facilities, we are proud to work with the community and be a part of New Jersey’s community solar pilot program.”


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One of 45 projects approved in the first year of New Jersey’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program, Linden Hawk Rise will provide enrolled residents with 10-15% guaranteed savings. The program will double in its second year.

New Road Solar Project, constructed on a landfill site in New Jersey, was redeveloped by CEP Renewables. The 13-megawatt solar power project, completed in 2021, was the site that Governor Murphy chose to sign legislature that continues to advance New Jersey as a national leader in renewable energy. (Courtesy: CEP Renewables)

New Jersey became a national leader in community solar projects under Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050, in part by targeting previously unusable sites, like landfills.

As of 2020, 20 solar farm projects had been completed at former landfill sites in New Jersey. This week, CEP Renewables began the development of a 25.6 megawatt (dc) solar project in Mount Olive, New Jersey at the former Combe Fill North Landfill site. Once completed, the solar project will be the largest on a capped landfill in North America.

The Mt. Olive Solar Field will provide clean power for over 4,000 homes.

“EPA Superfund sites are incredibly complex sites,” said Alyssa Sarubbi, project manager for CEP Renewables. “They take an exceptional amount of time, investment, and advanced expertise to bring from inception to interconnection. The company has the capability, experience, and tenacity to get these types of projects done.”

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