Asbury Park-based Solar Landscape said it energized its eighth and final community solar project of the first year of the state’s Community Solar Pilot Program. The final installation – at World Harvest Church in Pennsauken – completed the company’s nearly 20-megawatt portfolio, which now generates electricity for more than 3,000 New Jersey homes.
Solar Landscape said the boost from this community solar installation makes its Year One portfolio one of the largest clean energy offerings, primarily for low-to-moderate income households in the country. Under the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s community solar pilot program, which is administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, more than half of the power generated must go to low-to-moderate income households.
“This is an important milestone for New Jersey’s progress in community solar energy,” said Solar Landscape CEO Shaun Keegan. “With our partners across the state, we are bringing affordable solar power to thousands of people who thought they could never get it, either because they don’t own their homes or whether they live in a place where solar panels aren’t an option or because they don’t have the financial resources to install them. On behalf of the more than 100 employees of Solar Landscape, we look forward to soon offering a affordable solar power to thousands more.
The New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s Community Solar Pilot Program has approved community solar projects in two different cycles: year one and year two.
Solar Landscape has begun construction on some of the program’s 46 Year Two projects. They are expected to generate more than 50 megawatts of electricity, and when powered up, they will provide power to another 7,000 homes, bringing the planned total to at least 10,000 New Jersey homes that will be able to use community solar power from Solar Landscape.