Newark-based Public Service Electric and Gas Co. said Wednesday it placed into service its largest solar farm to-date on a brownfield site in Pennsauken.
PSE&G says it owns a 15.2-megawatt-dc Pennsauken solar farm that is part of its Solar 4 All program and the sites 37,908 solar panels generate enough electricity to power more than 2,500 homes annually.
A company that manufactured porcelain-enameled cast-iron bath fixtures first developed the 32-acre site in the 1920s. From 1973 onward, the site was home to warehouse and distribution operations.
“The Solar 4 All program began 10 years ago with four solar farms built on brownfield sites that we own,” said Karen Reif, vice president of renewables and energy solutions for PSE&G. “So it’s fitting that our newest and largest solar farm also is built on a brownfield site that we have returned to good use. By utilizing these parcels of land, we can continue to provide carbon-free, grid-connected solar electricity to all of our customers while also preserving scarce New Jersey open space.”
Vineland Construction Co. owns the Pennsauken brownfield site. PSE&G owns and operates the solar farm.
The Pennsauken Solar Farm is the 34th Solar 4 All project, with six built on landfill sites and five built on brownfield sites. These 11 solar farms use more than 230 acres of landfill and brownfield space by installing nearly 250,000 solar panels, capable of generating more than 80 megawatts-dc of solar power, which is enough to power about 13,000 homes annually.