Leading solar developer Soltage has recently joined with Neighborhood Sun solar farm to provide counties in south and central New Jersey with their first community solar project. Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) customers in Mercer, Burlington, and Camden counties will have the option to draw power from the 3.1-megawatt project. The partnership is intended to help low to moderate-income families that are unable to install solar panels on their roofs.
Known as the Tri-County Solar Farm, the first community solar project to benefit Camden, Mercer, and Burlington was built to serve up to 775 households. To ensure this energy reaches the intended customers, Neighborhood Sun will handle customer subscriptions. Sign up will be opened in late June to allow low and moderate-income households to register and enjoy a discount of 15% for 20 years of service. Under the current subscription plan, subscribers will be able to cancel with no additional fees. The estimated cost savings on utility bills is $120 per year.
Neighborhood Sun CEO, Gary Skulnik, spoke about the partnership with Soltage, stating his company has been looking for optimal means of delivering low-cost solar options to New Jersey residents. CEO of Soltage, Jesse Grossman, confirmed that the company is responsible for constructing and developing new solar gardens throughout the United States. With the help of local organizations, Soltage is aiming to provide the three counties with their first community solar project.
AC Power, LLC provided the funding for Tri-County Solar Farm before Soltage acquired it and managed further construction and operation in July 2018. The solar farm is expected to be completed in December 2020. Upon completion, it will help offset the equivalent of 3,270 tons of carbon dioxide.
Neighborhood Sun’s New Jersey Program Director, Randi Orlow, was enthusiastic about the finished project. Orlow pointed out that Neighborhood Sun is committed to energy equity and ensuring all of its subscribers are satisfied with their service and savings.