AC Power to rejuvenate New Jersey landfill with solar project
alternating current, a mission-driven, women-run solar development company, has won a 2.8-MWDC solar project at the Global Sanitary Landfill site in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) awarded the project for the second year of the Community Solar Pilot Program.
The site is a former municipal and non-hazardous industrial waste site with a USEPA Superfund designation. To leverage the landfill redevelopment through solar energy, AC Power has partnered to work out a local labor development program and a land revitalization plan for the site, ensuring positive, long-term impacts on the surrounding community.
The NJBPU received 412 applications representing 804 MW; it selected 105 projects, which together will generate 165 MW of clean solar energy. The Old Bridge site was one of only nine landfill projects awarded. The allocation of solar to the New Jersey community marked the way forward for this “trash to treasure” project, which will provide subscriptions to approximately 400 homes.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this project in Old Bridge Township and to build on our work in the New Jersey Community Solar Pilot Program from year one, bringing the state one step closer to meeting its clean energy goals. coming,” said Annika. Colston, chairman and founder of AC Power.
The project will offer at least 51% of its output to low and middle income residents; providing funding to sponsor North American Board of Certified Energy practitioners of solar certification courses, which cover exam fees for local students; landfill rehabilitation and restoration to support declining pollinator populations, improve landscape connectivity and increase biodiversity; and it will give subscribers the opportunity to lower their electricity costs with renewable energy.
The landfill is expected to be operational in the spring of 2023.
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