NJR Clear Power Ventures, Hopatcong Full Landfill Solar Venture
NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), the clean energy subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, and the Hopatcong, NJ neighborhood, have completed a new 1.5 MW ground solar project on the former municipal landfill.
The project consists of almost 4,000 solar panels and uses a fixed slope mounting system. The sealed landfill has been closed for more than 30 years. NJRCEV will lease 23 acres of this unused space from the municipality for a period of 25 years with the option to extend the agreement for an additional 10 years. The clean electricity generated is sold to PJM and promotes the state’s clean energy goals.
“As one of the earliest investors in the New Jersey solar market, NJR Clean Energy Ventures has a long track record of innovation and sustainability. Our Hopatcong solar project reflects this commitment, ”said Steve Westhoven, President and CEO of New Jersey Resources. “By converting this wasteland into renewable, green energy, we are helping to support the state’s emissions reduction goals, growing our business, and leading the way to a clean energy future for New Jersey.”
The Hopatcong solar project was jointly developed and approved by AC Power LLC and Citrine Power LLC after the developers signed a lease with the community in 2018. NJRCEV acquired the project in 2019 and completed construction in September. The Hopatcong solar project was approved as part of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Transition Renewable Energy Credits (TRECs) application process for a grid-tied T-project. TRECs are the credits generated by solar systems that can be sold to meet utility companies’ needs for renewable energy.
Over the past 10 years, NJRCEV has grown to become one of the state’s largest solar investors. More than $ 970 million has been spent in New Jersey’s 21 counties. NJRCEV now has an installed capacity of more than 350 MW. These investments reflect the company’s core values and support a clean energy future for New Jersey by delivering clean, safe, and reliable energy, providing customers with low-carbon energy solutions, and reducing emissions in line with the state’s goals.
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Photo: NJRCEV’s solar plant in Manalapan, Manalapan Township, NJ