CS Energy, Luminace break floor on 10 MW landfill group solar undertaking in N.J.

CS Energy has begun building on a ten MW landfill group solar undertaking positioned in Berkeley, New Jersey. This undertaking consists of two 5 MW solar energy methods and is the primary ever undertaking to concurrently shut a landfill and construct a group solar system atop the landfill.

Once completed, CS Energy could have accomplished a complete of 231 MW of landfill solar initiatives within the United States. The undertaking will even present extra reasonably priced, regionally produced clear energy to 1,800 houses, 51% of which will likely be low and reasonable revenue (LMI) households. In complete, this landfill group solar undertaking will save individuals roughly $6.4 million over the 20-year lifetime of the undertaking.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with CS Energy and Luminace to close this landfill at no cost to our taxpayers and residents while also offering more affordable and cleaner sources of energy to our community,” stated Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato. “My administration and the Council have set robust goals for resiliency and green initiatives and are pleased to have this outside the box, strategic method for generating revenue for the township on township-owned land.”

After landfill operations ceased in 1982, the Berkeley Township Landfill remained uncapped attributable to lack of funds obtainable to shut the landfill. CS Energy and Berkeley Township entered a public-private partnership to shut the landfill in 2020 and CS Energy spent almost two years finishing all related research and allowing work required to make the undertaking a actuality.

“Given CS Energy’s market-leading experience as a developer and EPC contractor on landfill solar projects, coupled with their community solar experience and significant footprint in the Northeast, we are proud to collaborate with CS Energy once again as they successfully develop this landmark project,” stated Brendon Quinlivan, CEO of Luminace. 

Part of New Jersey’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program, which is now being established as a everlasting, long-term initiative, this undertaking additionally contributes considerably to the state’s aim of 100% clear electrical energy by 2035.

“The effective pursuit of the state’s twin climate and clean energy goals requires creativity, partnership, and commitment … this landfill solar redevelopment project, which transforms a longstanding environmental liability into an asset that delivers significant and direct benefits to its host community, continues to demonstrate we – together – can achieve environmental and economic success while advancing our critical mission,” stated Sean Moriarty, Deputy Commissioner.

Once this undertaking is full, CS Energy could have accomplished 310 MW of solar initiatives within the state.

“We are excited to once again be working alongside Luminace on this first-of-its-kind project,” stated John Ervin, VP of improvement at CS Energy. “Our deep experience in the region, and on landfill solar projects specifically, enabled our team to successfully lead the development and design of this highly complex project while working closely with regulators. We look forward to completing the construction of this project and delivering a high-quality solar system and significant energy savings to residents.”  

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