Solar Landscape energizes 2.3-MW rooftop community solar project in New Jersey
Solar Landscape has announced it is activating another portfolio of first-year community solar projects, providing clean energy to local residents in northeastern New Jersey. The 2.3 MWDC Located in the Wood-Ridge neighborhood on the roof of Duke Realty’s warehouse at 5 Ethel Boulevard, the project now powers more than 375 local homes with clean solar energy.
The Wood-Ridge project is the sixth community solar project to be launched by Solar Landscape in 2021.
“It’s great to see Solar Landscape boosting a new project that will benefit North Jersey’s taxpayers,” said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “The goal of community solar is to provide energy equality and access for all and that is exactly what this project does. Hudson and Bergen County residents benefit from solar energy — cleaner air and lower costs — without the need for solar panels on their roofs. We will continue to support clean energy initiatives across the state.”
The installation at 5 Ethel Boulevard is one of four community rooftop solar projects installed by Solar Landscape at Duke Realty facilities. Together, the four projects are expected to generate more than 13 million kilowatt hours of solar energy for New Jersey communities.
“Duke Realty remains committed to thoughtful and sustainable practices that consider the impact we have on the communities we serve,” said Megan Basore, Duke Realty’s VP of Corporate Responsibility. “By partnering with Solar Landscape and participating in the New Jersey Community Solar Pilot program, we are working to be good corporate citizens and help the residents of Bergen and Hudson counties as we lead the way for a future with clean energy.”
Solar Landscape also announced that 51% of the electricity generated by the project will be sold to low- and middle-income households (LMI) and that each subscriber will receive a guaranteed discount on electricity costs every month they are part of the program.
In addition to being fully activated, the project has also been fully endorsed: the program has reached its target of 350 subscribers in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties. Subscriber success is due to community outreach and participation from the Newark Boys & Girls Club and Newark Science and Sustainability.
“We were excited to reach our community with the opportunity to offer affordable renewable energy,” said Ameer Washington, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. “Promoting clean energy in and around Newark is a win for everyone: cleaner air, lower utility bills, and the ability to create workforce training for our future solar workforce.”
The project is part of the first year of NJBPU’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program, which is administered by the Clean Energy Program of New Jersey. Enrollment is open to tenants and property owners with no cost to join, no long-term contracts, and guaranteed cost savings. In addition to developing the projects, Solar Landscape works with nonprofits and community leaders to educate residents about the benefits of community sun.
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