A community solar application is being prepared for a planned New Jersey solar project. AC Power LLC is currently eyeing the Global Landfill as the site of a new facility intended to serve residents of the Old Bridge township. Upon the site’s completion, it is expected to deliver clean, renewable energy to residents of New Jersey.
AC Power LLC is currently in the process of submitting the community solar application to the state’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Once the application is submitted, the proposal will become part of the New Jersey Community Solar Pilot Program. In order to qualify for approval by the BPU, it needs to have local support. Recently, the Town of Old Bridge provided the necessary support. Additional support for the project has come from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental protection Agency.
The initial proposal for the community solar site was presented in January 2021. AC Power LLC president Annika Colston and the company’s Mid-Atlantic regional director, Kyle Miller, were at the forefront of the submission, which was presented to the Township Council. At the time of the presentation, AC Power had already settled on the Global Landfill location for the future facility.
According to the community solar application, the Global Landfill site will feature a 4.5-megawatt array constructed on 16 acres of the landfill. Over the 20 life of the community solar program, it’s expected to serve upwards of 750 New Jersey residents. Those that subscribe to the community solar facility will receive a monthly utility credit to reduce their overall energy costs. All energy they receive over the course of their subscription will be clean, solar power.
As part of the New Jersey Community Solar Pilot Program, initiated by Gov. Phil Murphy, the facility will be used to serve low- to middle-income households throughout New Jersey. The project opens up community solar to renters and homeowners that can’t afford costly solar panels.
Along with the future landfill site, AC Power has installations in Delanco, Hopatcong, and Gloucester Township.