When powerful storms such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy caused widespread power outages – in some parts of New Jersey lasting for more than a week – critical customers such as hospitals and public works were particularly vulnerable.
“To develop the state of New Jersey and make it a better place to live.”
When Thomas N. McCarter uttered those words after taking the helm of the Public Service Corp. in 1903, he was thinking about how to meet New Jerseyans’ growing need for more modern and efficient sources of heat, light and (at that time) transportation.
The modern utility faces a new reality: Customers’ demands are changing. They want more reliability, they want more resilient power, they want cleaner energy and they want access to smart technology to better understand their energy use – all while keeping bills affordable.
The recently completed ILR Landfill Solar Farm in Edison, NJ is the latest example of how PSE&G, through our Solar 4 All® program, is using landfills and brownfields to increase the amount of universal solar in New Jersey. Built on a long-closed landfill on the banks of the Raritan River, the ILR project returns 21 acres of landfill space to productive use through its 23,834 solar panels that will power more than 1,200 homes each year. Continue reading
Solar energy’s value to the environment is undeniable. Sunlight is a free, abundant resource and, unlike other energy sources, produces zero harmful greenhouse gases when it’s converted to electricity.
But while sunlight is unlimited, the land required to produce solar energy is not.
Toward the end of his extraordinary life Thomas Edison said:
I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power!
The L&D Landfill is getting a second life.
The sprawling site is being reincarnated as a solar farm that will power 2,000 homes annually. The 12.93 megawatt-dc L&D Solar Farm spans more than 50 acres across the Burlington County towns of Eastampton, Lumberton and Mount Holly. It will be the largest solar farm that PSE&G has built to date when it goes into service later this year.
New Jersey’s nickname is the Garden State. But, we often get a bad rap from our neighbors who have branded the state with some less than desirable monikers. Continue reading