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PSE&G Centralized Solar
Facts and FAQs
The centralized portion of the Solar 4 All program consists of large-scale solar installations on PSE&G property and negotiated lease arrangements to install solar systems on third party sites. The 40 megawatts of solar capacity in the centralized portion of Solar 4 All is also tied directly into the electric grid for the benefit of all PSE&G customers.
The large-scale solar systems installed on PSE&G property are:
- PSE&G Yardville Solar Farm (4.4MW) – Located in Hamilton Township, NJ, this is one of the largest solar farms in New Jersey
- PSE&G Linden Solar Farm (3.2 MW) – Situated on more than 10 acres near the PSE&G Linden Generating Plant, this solar farm is built on a remediated brownfield
- PSE&G Silver Lake Solar Farm (2 MW) – Located in Edison, NJ this solar farm is also built on a former brownfield
- PSE&G Trenton Solar Farm (1.3MW) – Tucked into a residential neighborhood in the state’s capital, this former brownfield is giving new life to a former PSE&G manufactured gas facility.
- PSE&G Central Electric Headquarters (0.9MW) – Rooftop system on our building in Somerset, NJ utilizes available space on one of our largest facilities
- PSE&G Edison Training Center (0.8 MW) – Located in Edison, NJ this is the smallest of the systems on PSE&G-owned property. However, this site utilizes a unique combination of rooftop, ground-mounted and carport solar systems.
- PSE&G Thorofare Solar Farm - a 720 kW solar farm built adjacent to an electric substation.
- PSE&G Metro Division Headquarters - a 730 kW solar system on the root of a PSE&G-owned buidling in Clifton, N.J.
PSE&G is also helping to make once unproductive real estate into usable property to generate solar power through a series of lease agreements, including:
- Newark Public Schools (2.5 MW) - PSE&G is leasing space at five Newark public schools and developing a green energy training curriculum for city high school students.
- Barringer High School
- Central High School
- Park Avenue Elementary School
- Camden Street Elementary and Middle Schools
- Matrix – Perth Amboy, NJ (2.86 MW)
- Centerpoint Properties - Bayonne, NJ (1.75 MW)
- Kearney Landfill Solar Farm (3.0 MW)
- Rider University (0.74 MW)
There are also numerous other projects at third-party sites in various stages of negotiation and development.
- What are the benefits of centralized solar facilities?
- What are the benefits of using former brownfields?
- How are the third-party leased sites selected?
The centralized solar facilities, which include PSE&G sites and third-party leased space have two main benefits. First, they allow Solar 4 All to install a large amount of solar capacity in one space and utilize rooftops and land that PSE&G already owns – including three remediated brownfields. Second, it allow third parties, such as the Newark Public School system, to receive the benefit of lease-payments from space they might not other wise utilize such as large, flat-top roofs
A brownfield is generally defined as a piece of industrial or commercial property that is abandoned or underused and sometimes contaminated. After remediating such a site, the construction of a solar farm is an outstanding way to return these sites to a useful role. By building three solar farms on former brownfields, PSE&G is giving these long-dormant sites a new purpose.
Under the Solar 4 All program 15 megawatts of solar capacity were available for installations on leased, third party sites with 5 megawatts set aside just for solar systems in state Urban Enterprise Zones. The remaining 10 megawatts were selected through a competitive process whereby PSE&G received proposals from solar developers and property owners.