The New Jersey Association of Energy Engineers (NJAEE) has selected Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s (PSE&G’s) Kinsley Solar Farm as its 2014 renewable energy project of the year. The award was presented at the NJAEE annual awards gala held in Woodbridge, NJ.
The 11.18-MW DC Kinsley Solar Farm is located on the closed Kinsley landfill in Deptford, N.J. It is part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All Program which is building 125 MW DC of grid connected solar in the utility’s electric service territory.
“New Jersey public policy supports solar development in the state that maintains our scarce open space,” said Joe Forline, vice president – customer solutions, PSE&G. “We are honored that the NJAEE recognized the Kinsley Solar Farm because it allows PSE&G to support that policy goal. We are building enough grid-connected solar generation to power thousands of homes while giving priority to projects that reclaim landfill space that has otherwise limited development opportunities.”
The Kinsley Solar Farm converts 35 acres of the 140-acre landfill site into a solar generation powerhouse. Through the installation of 36,841 solar panels, the solar farm provides enough electricity to power about 2,000 average-size homes annually. Kinsley’s Landfill, Inc. owns the Kinsley Landfill, which closed in 1987. PSE&G owns and operates the solar farm.
Solar 4 All is a 125 megawatt-dc program that utilizes rooftops, parking lots, solar farms, utility poles and landfills/brownfields for large-scale, grid-connected solar projects. There are currently more than 101 megawatts-dc in service of which more than 30 megawatts-dc is built on either a landfill or brownfield. Including the Kinsley project, PSE&G has seven solar farms built on either a landfill or brownfield with an eighth currently under construction and expected to go into service by the end of 2015.
— Solar Builder magazine