Public Service Electric and Gas Co. said its L&D Solar Farm is interconnected to the grid and supplying solar power to PSE&G electric customers.
The 12.93 MW solar power project is PSE&G’s largest to date and one of the largest landfill solar farms in the United States. It is comprised of 41,720 solar panels that cover 53 acres of landfill space spanning the towns of Eastampton, Lumberton and Mount Holly, New Jersey. The L&D Solar Farm will generate enough electricity to power 2,000 average-size New Jersey homes annually.
Waste Management of New Jersey Inc. owns the L&D Landfill and PSE&G owns and operates the solar farm as part of its Solar 4 All Program. The engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the L&D Solar Farm is juwi.
The L&D Solar Farm is the 28th grid-connected centralized Solar 4 All project and the eighth built on a landfill or brownfield site. The Solar 4 All program has now used 170 acres of landfill and brownfield space by installing more than 150,000 solar panels, capable of generating 45 MW of solar power, which is enough to power about 7,500 homes annually.
Since 2009, PSE&G has invested more than $500 million on the Solar 4 All program and created more than 2,000 jobs. At the height of construction, there were about 190 people onsite working on the L&D solar project in a range of jobs, including electricians, engineers, carpenters, heavy equipment operators and laborers.
Solar 4 All is a 125 MW community solar program that uses rooftops, parking lots, utility poles and landfills/ brownfields for large-scale, grid connected solar projects. There are currently 114 MW-dc of the 125 MW total in service.