EDF Renewables builds New Jersey’s largest Superfund solar site
EDF Renewable Energy North America and its renewable energy business in Goldman Sachs Asset Management realized the commercial operation of the Toms River Solar Project and delivered 28.9 MW of clean renewable energy. The solar project is the largest built on a Superfund site in New Jersey.
The solar panel uses a prefabricated ballast system on approximately 120 acres of the BASF site owned by Oak Ridge Parkway in Toms River and includes a 27.4 MW grid-connected system and an adjacent 1.5 MW grid-metered solar system.
In addition, EDFR has designed a 5 MW community solar project, which will also be built at the BASF site, with more than half of the output destined for low- and middle-income subscribers. The community solar project is still in the approval process.
“We are very excited about the Toms River Solar Project, which is successfully reusing brownfield land to develop clean, renewable energy,” said Mark Patterson, VP of Environment, Health and Safety at BASF. “This sustainable project highlights BASF’s connections to our communities and the environment by supporting an overall reduction in CO2 emissions while expanding the site’s native grassland habitat for pollinators and migratory birds.”
The solar panel was built with environmental considerations in mind, with specific considerations to improve the endangered locust habitat and protect the northern pine snake. Existing paved areas in the project footprint have been removed and will be replaced with native meadow mix grasses and wildflowers. In addition, Rutgers University will conduct a 5-year monitoring program to study the ecological improvement of the project.
Nearly 100 union workers from Laborers Union Local 172, Iron Workers Local 399, Operators Local 825 and Electrical Local 400 participated in the construction of the project.
“We were delighted to work with a full range of project partners, including local subcontractors, local and state officials, community groups, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and professionals at Weston Solutions and Giordano, Halloran and Ciesla,” said Tom Leyden, senior director. , EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions.
EDFR has co-developed the project with PVOne and served as the EPC contractor. Goldman Sachs acquired the project from EDFR during its construction phase and plans to actively manage it throughout its useful life.
“This project is a great example of collaboration between the private and public sectors, including the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency, along with BASF, Goldman Sachs and EDFR,” said Elliott. Shanley, Senior Vice President of PVOne.
News release from EDF Renewables North America