Navisun, an independent solar power producer, announced that its 4.5 MW community solar project, Linden Hawk Rise in Union County, New Jersey, is nearing completion. This project, which was built on the former garbage dump of the city of Linden, is converting a previously unusable site into a productive solar park, which will provide more affordable access to around 800 residents in the supply area of PSE & G, more than half of whom are on low and middle incomes clean energy (LMI).
The Linden Hawk Rise project is one of 45 solar projects totaling 78 MW that were rigorously reviewed, rated, and recognized by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) in Program Year 1 of New Jersey’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. To improve fair access to clean electricity, the program offers all customers guaranteed savings of 10 to 15%.
“We are excited to help both the City of Linden and the state of New Jersey pave the way to our shared carbon-free future by providing local residents with access to clean energy and savings,” said Carl Engelbourg, Marketing Advisor at Navisun. “As a longtime community solar owner and operator, we are proud to partner with the community and be part of New Jersey’s community solar pilot program.”
Clean energy justice is a key goal of New Jersey Governor Murphy’s efforts to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050. It is estimated that only half of US citizens have roofs suitable for solar energy, as nearly 80% of US states now have community solar projects to overcome this inequality in access to clean energy. With over 135,000 solar panels, New Jersey is the number one state in terms of installed solar capacity per square mile and has the most planned municipal solar capacity for LMI homes. Based on the success of Program Year 1 of the state’s municipal solar pilot program to date, the NJBPU doubled the size of Program Year 2 project awards, which include all LMI requirements.
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