What is being billed as the Northeast’s largest solar farm and one of the largest in the United States broke ground last week in Pilesgrove, New Jersey. The 20-megawatt (MW) capacity solar farm is being co-developed by Con Edison and Panda Power Funds, an operator of large-scale energy facilities both domestically and internationally.
The Pilesgrove solar farm will have the capacity to power more than 5,100 homes, which is said to be the equivalent of removing more than 3,500 cars from the road each year for every year of operation. The 71,400 solar panel project will provide around 100 construction jobs during its development and is expected to begin commercial operation next spring. Incentive programs from the state of New Jersey played a large role in making the large-scale solar project possible.
The developers said the stationary panels at Pilesgrove are designed to minimize glare and absorb more than 95 percent of available sunlight. Atlantic City Electric will be the host utility for the project. Panda Power Funds and Con Edison serve as equal partners in the joint venture, with the former taking “primary responsibility for managing project-related development, engineering and construction,” while Con Edison “assumes primary responsibility for managing the operation, maintenance and financing of the facilities, and marketing the energy and renewable attributes produced by the entire facility.”
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