After a period of instability, the state’s efforts to promote the use of solar energy appear to be once again taking off. In a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association, New Jersey ranked second behind only California in the number of new solar installations it installed during the first quarter of 2014.
According to the industry trade group, New Jersey installed 64 megawatts of solar photovoltaic systems during the first three months of this year. Across the United States, 1,330 megawatts of new solar systems were installed in the first quarter, the second-largest number for the solar sector in the history of the market. These are the 10 biggest projects in New Jersey, according to the Clean Energy Program of the state Board of Public Utilities.
1. Tinton Falls Solar Farm, LLC: 19.9 megawatts
The farm is located on 100 acres of land in the Monmouth County community has 85,000 ground-mounted solar panels providing electricity to the power grid, enough to power about 3,000 homes.
2. Pilesgrove Solar Farm, LLC: 19.9 megawatts.
The facility is located on approximately 100 acres of land in the Salem County community. It has 71,000-ground-mounted panels.
3. The McGraw-Hill Companies solar farm: 14.1 megawatts
The 50-acre facility significantly reduces energy needs of the East Windsor corporate complex, including its growing data center.
4. Berry Plastics Corp.: 13.15 megawatts
The solar facility will provide energy to Berry, a Phillipsburg-based designer and manufacturer of plastic packaging and films. It has 50,6888 ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels.
5. New Jersey Oak Solar, LLC: 12.5 megawatts
The facility in Fairfield Township in Cumberland County consists of 53,000 solar panels on a 100-acre site. It produces power for approximately 1,500 customers of Atlantic City Electric, the local utility.
6. Frenchtown Solar, LLC: 9.98 megawatts
The solar panels are located on a former farm in Kingwood Township in Hunterdon County.
7. Flemington Solar, LLC: 9.36 megawatts
This is a ground-mounted system consisting of approximately 33,500 solar panels located on a former farm in Kingwood Township in Hunterdon County.
8. Gloucester Terminals, LLC: 9 megawatts
The solar panels sit atop the roof of the terminal’s refrigerated warehouse, supplying 90 percent of its power. It is one of the largest rooftop solar installations in the country.
9. Mercer County Community College: 8.25 megawatts
The project is installed on 43 acres of open land at the facility in West Windsor.
10. U.S. Foods: 8.135 megawatts
The rooftop solar panels deliver energy to the food producer’s refrigerated warehouse in Perth Amboy.