September 14 (Solar) – Renewable energy developers Citrine Power LLC and AC Power LLC will build a solar power plant on a landfill in New Jersey.
After a public request for proposal, a joint venture between the companies has signed a long-term lease agreement with Borough of Hopatcong for 23 acres (9.3 ha). This will see the pair design, permit, interconnect and construct a solar system on the borough's capped solid waste landfill that is expected to sell its electricity to Jersey Central Power and Light, according to a press release on Thursday.
The project, targeted to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2019, is already being reviewed at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to be granted Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) under the New Jersey Solar Act which supports solar development on closed landfills in the state.
Hopatcong mayor Michael Francis said that the landfill had been capped and out of commission for almost 30 years and that generating clean energy will help offset maintenance costs.