Jersey Brownfield Becomes Solar Plant

In yet another case of brownfields turning green with solar power, New Jersey’s Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) has announced the start of construction of its Linden Solar Farm, a 3.2-megawatt facility located “on the doorstep” of its Linden Generating Station.

This new solar plant is one of four ground-mounted solar farms that PSE&G plans to develop as part of its $515 million Solar 4 All program, three of which are slated for former brownfields. It will include 11,484 solar panels covering more than 10 acres of PSE&G land, and is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 525 average homes.

Solar panels

image via PG&E

In addition to these four ground-mounted plants, PSE&G will be working to get 16 other (presumably roof-mounted) solar plants up and running, creating 300 jobs and providing New Jersey with 30 megawatts of solar-generated power. (All of which is has been spurred, no doubt, in part by New Jersey’s solar-friendly renewable energy portfolio standards and incentives, which recently landed the Garden State the title of number two solar state in the nation.)

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.