Bill To Promote Solar Energy Facilities Advanced By Assembly Panel

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TRENTON – Legislation to permit the development of solar and photovoltaic energy facilities on closed landfills and quarries was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-3139) would permit development of solar or photovoltaic energy facilities or structures on any closed landfill or quarry, or an existing or closed resource extraction operation, including those located within the Pinelands area.

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The bill requires the Pinelands Commission to determine that the development of the facility or structure would not impact any engineering devices or other environmental controls existing on the site and would not impact ecologically sensitive areas.

The bill would also allow the expansion of renewable solar energy resources in areas that are not actively being used and would be minimally intrusive to conservation efforts.

The bill was released by the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.


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