Public Service Electric & Gas Company wants to extend its Solar 4 All program, investing $275 million in solar projects on landfills and brownfields by 2021 and potentially creating 575 jobs during the construction process.
PSE&G said Wednesday that it has filed a request with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to extend the program. Under the plan, the utility would design and construct 100 megawatts of grid-connected capacity in its New Jersey territory over the next five years.
“For the past several years, our Solar 4 All program has helped to advance public policy by greatly increasing the amount of solar power in the state, and helping New Jersey reach its aggressive renewable energy goals,” Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G, said in a prepared statement. “If approved, the extension would build on this success by allowing us to develop additional grid-connected, universal solar on dormant landfills and brownfields, which is a key component of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan.”
The extension would nearly triple the landfill and brownfield solar that PSE&G owns and operates in the state, it added. It would also potentially boost the number of jobs in the energy sector.
“PSE&G’s Solar 4 All projects have been a job engine for New Jersey,” Eddie Gant, business manager of IBEW Local 351 and president of the State Electrical Construction Division, said in a statement. “PSE&G’s solar investments have not just had an impact on New Jersey’s economy, but also a hugely positive impact in the lives of hundreds of New Jersey men and women working in the clean energy sector.”
The Solar 4 All program utilizes rooftops, parking lots and utility poles as well as landfills and brownfields for the placement of large solar projects.