NEWARK – As part of its Solar 4 All™ program, PSE&G is installing solar energy units on utility poles in Union, Springfield, Elizabeth, Roselle and Roselle Park.
The project, expected to be complete late next year, the solar units in more than 300 communities throughout the state will provide 40-megawatts of solar electricity – enough to power about 6,600 average size New Jersey homes annually. Solar unit installations started in 2009 and to date approximately 85,000 units are installed, operating and producing clean energy from the sun.
The solar energy units will be placed on utility poles that offer a clear exposure to the southern sky, access to the proper voltage electric wires and where installation does not interfere with existing equipment on the pole. Not all utility poles will receive a solar unit since only those that meet these three criteria are eligible. The panels are approximately 2 ½ feet high by 5 feet wide and will be installed about 15 feet off the ground.
The power generated by the pole-attached solar units reduces the need to generate electricity using through the use of fossil fuels.
“These solar units bring the direct benefit of clean, renewable energy to all our customers since the electricity they generate is used in homes and businesses in the immediate neighborhood,” said Al Matos, vice president for renewables and energy solutions for PSE&G. “We would need more than 175 acres of land to place 40 megawatts worth of traditional solar farms. By utilizing these utility poles, we take up zero land space, which is a great way to install a large amount of solar capacity in a crowded state like New Jersey while making solar available to all.”
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