Navisun nears completion on 4.5-MW community solar landfill project in New Jersey
Navisun, an independent solar energy producer, has announced that its Linden Hawk Rise The 4.5 MW community solar project in Union County, New Jersey is nearing completion. Built on the former Linden landfill site, this project will transform a previously unusable site into a productive solar farm that will provide more affordable access to clean energy to approximately 800 residents of the PSE&G utility area, more than half of whom are low and middle income earners. has (LMI).
The Linden Hawk Rise project is one of 45 solar projects, totaling 78 MW, that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) rigorously reviewed, assessed and awarded in Program Year 1 of the Community Solar Energy Pilot program of New Jersey. To extend fair access to clean electricity, the program also offers guaranteed savings of 10 to 15% for all customers.
“We are excited to support both the City of Linden and the State of New Jersey in leading the way toward our collective zero-carbon future by providing local residents with access to clean energy and associated savings,” said Carl Engelbourg, marketing advisor at Navisun. “As a long-time owner and operator of community solar installations, we are proud to partner with the community and be part of the New Jersey community solar pilot program.”
Clean energy equity is a critical goal of New Jersey Governor Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. It is estimated that only half of U.S. residents have roofs suitable for solar installations, as nearly 80% of US states now have community solar projects to address this inequality in access to clean energy. With more than 135,000 solar installations, New Jersey is the number one state in the nation for installed solar capacity per square mile, and has the most planned solar capacity in the community for LMI households. Due to the success of Program Year 1 of the state’s Community Solar Pilot Program to date, the NJBPU has doubled the size of the project awards for Program Year 2, all of which include LMI requirements.
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