Linden Solar Farm Turns A Brownfield Green

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LINDEN – The new Linden Solar Farm on the doorstep of Public Service Electric and Gas Company’s Linden Generating Station is one of four ground-mounted solar farms that the company is developing as part of its $515 million Solar 4 All™ program. The 3.2-megawatt facility is one of three solar farms being built on former brownfields that have been returned to a useful role.

“The Linden Solar Farm shows how the benefits of solar power extend far beyond just producing clean, carbon-free electricity,” said Al Matos, PSE&G’s vice president of renewables and energy solutions. “This project exemplifies PSE&G’s environmental commitment and its leadership position in renewable energy. We are giving new life to a once-contaminated site.”

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“With our solar arrays here in Linden, as well as those in Edison and Trenton, we are helping to turn brownfields green – and give these long-dormant sites a new purpose,” Matos continued. “By the end of this year, these three solar farms will be providing enough electricity to power about 1,000 average-sized homes, while creating jobs and helping New Jersey to become a major player in the renewable energy sector.”

The Linden Solar Farm will comprise 11,484 solar panels covering a little more than 10 acres of PSE&G property and will be connected directly to the electric grid for the benefit of all PSE&G electric customers. The solar farm will produce enough electricity to power about 525 average-sized homes.

The Linden farm is one of more than 20 solar projects that PSE&G is developing through its Solar 4 All program, with a total investment of more than $140 million that will create almost 300 jobs and provide New Jersey with 30 megawatts of solar-generated power, company officials said.

PSE&G is developing the four ground-mounted solar farms on PSE&G-owned properties in Linden, Yardville (4.4 megawatts), Edison (2 megawatts) and Trenton (1.3 megawatts). Each will be among New Jersey’s largest solar farms. The sites will utilize crystalline solar panel technology and have monitoring and communications functionality.

In addition, PSE&G is building a 1-megawatt solar system on the roof of its Central Electric headquarters in Somerset, and a 700-kilowatt solar system at its Edison Training and Development Center facility in Edison. There also are four solar systems built on the grounds of five Newark Public Schools as part of the Solar 4 All program.

The 20-plus projects under development will produce enough energy to power about 4,900 homes and eliminate 23,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of removing nearly 2,800 cars from the road for one year.

Workers install some of the 11,484 solar panels that will comprise the PSE&G Linden Solar Farm. When complete, the solar farm will generate 3.2 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power about 525 average size homes.

Some of the more than 11,400 solar panels that are being installed at PSE&G’s Linden Solar Farm.

Al Matos, Vice President, Renewables and Energy Solutions, PSE&G (l) and Linden Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka ( r) tour PSE&G’s Linden Solar Farm, located on more than 10 acres of former brownfield near the Linden Generating Station.


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