Built on a former landfill in Linden, New Jersey, Navisun’s Linden Hawk Rise community solar project, part of New Jersey’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program, is nearly complete. The 4.5 MW project is converting previously unusable land into a productive solar farm which will bring affordable access to clean energy to about 800 residents, over half of whom are low-and moderate-income (LMI).
“We are pleased to support both the City of Linden as well as the State of New Jersey in leading the way forward to our collective carbon-free future by providing clean energy access, and associated savings, to local residents,” said Carl Engelbourg, Marketing Consultant at Navisun. “As a long-term owner and operator of community solar facilities, we are proud to work with the community and be a part of New Jersey’s community solar pilot program.”
Clean energy equity is crucial in New Jersey Governor Murphy’s push to reach 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Only an estimated half of U.S. residents have rooftops suitable for solar energy installations. As a result of the disparity, nearly 80 percent of U.S. states have now put community solar projects in place. With over 135,000 solar installations, New Jersey is the leading state in the country for installed solar capacity per square mile, and has the most planned community solar capacity serving LMI households. Due to the success of Program Year 1 of the state’s community solar pilot program thus far, the NJBPU doubled the size of Program Year 2 projects awards, all of which include LMI requirements.
The Linden Hawk Rise project is just one of 45 solar projects, totaling 78 MW, that the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) awarded in Program Year 1 of New Jersey’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. As part of the program, the Linden Hawk Rise project enables PSE&G utility customers in Linden and adjacent municipalities to access clean energy from solar energy projects located remotely from their property – without having to purchase and install solar panels. To expand equitable access to clean electricity, the program also provides guaranteed savings of 10 to 15 percent for all customers.
The rules for New Jersey’s nation-leading community solar program were set by the NJBPU, which continues to closely regulate the program. Subscribers can cancel their subscription at any time, do not have any upfront costs, and will have their bill credits shown clearly on their PSE&G bills. Subscriber payment information is also protected by Payment Card Industry compliance standards. For more information and to subscribe to clean energy access, and associated savings, from the Linden Hawk Rise project, please visit: https://njlocalsolar.com/