Solar, Sourcing Renewables - December 12, 2022
New Jersey Community Solar Project Begins Construction
Construction has begun on the 10 MW BEMS community solar landfill project, located on the Big Hill Landfill in Southampton, New Jersey.
The project consists of two co-located 5 MW solar systems that span across two utility territories and will utilize the ballasted solar racking solution from Terrasmart. Beyond converting previously unusable land into a clean energy-generating asset, the project will also serve low-to-moderate-income residents.
Construction of this project by CEP Renewables and CS Energy is expected to be completed by May 2023.
"We are excited to be able to build upon the success of our redevelopment project in Mount Olive, New Jersey - the largest solar landfill project in North America, by utilizing a similar process with this project," said Chris Ichter, Executive Vice President at CEP Renewables, in a statement.
There are over 10,000 closed landfills in the United States, and it has been determined that closed landfills could host more than 60 GW of solar capacity.
There has also been an 80% increase in solar landfill projects over the past 5 years, due in large part to the landfill expertise that has been developed by companies such as CEP. This BEMS project represents just one of 16 landfill or brownfield projects that CEP currently has under development.