PSEG Linden Solar Farm turns a brownfield green

Linden, N.J., December 2, 2010 — Public Service Electric and Gas Co. is marking construction of its Linden Solar Farm on the doorstep of PSEG’s Linden Generating Station.

The 3.2-MW facility is one of four ground-mounted solar farms that PSEG is developing as part of its $515 million Solar 4 All program. It is one of three solar farms being built on former brownfields that have been returned to a useful role.

The Linden farm is one of more than 20 solar projects that PSEG 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 MW of solar-generated power.

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

PSEG is developing the four ground-mounted solar farms on PSEG-owned properties in Linden, Yardville (4.4 MW), Edison (2 MW) and Trenton (1.3 MW). 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, PSEG is building a 1-MW solar system on the roof of its Central Electric headquarters in Somerset, N.J., and a 700-KW solar system at its Edison Training and Development Center facility in Edison, N.J. 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 carbon dioxide emissions — the equivalent of removing nearly 2,800 cars from the road for one year.

PSEG is using leading solar energy companies to help deploy solar farms across the state to help drive New Jersey’s economic growth in this sector. Advanced Solar Products, a premier developer of solar energy projects, is responsible for the deployment of the Linden project.

State regulators approved PSEG’s Solar 4 All program in July 2009. The program involves a $515 million investment in 80 MW of solar power, creating green jobs and vastly increasing the amount of renewable energy capacity in the state of New Jersey

The program’s first segment consists of installing up to 40 MW of pole-attached smart solar units in neighborhoods on utility poles in PSEG’s service territory, which includes the state’s six largest cities and roughly 300 rural and suburban communities. This is the largest pole-attached solar installation in the world, with the smart solar units connected directly into PSEG’s electric distribution system.

The second segment of the Solar 4 All program focuses on 40 MW of centralized solar facilities, such as the Linden Solar Farm and other solar sites on PSEG owned or leased properties.

The financial benefits that Solar 4 All produces — federal tax investment credits, sale of the energy and capacity, as well as monetizing the solar environmental credits (SRECs) — are returned to PSEG electric ratepayers to reduce the overall cost of the program.

PSEG is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSEG is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability.

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