BORDENTOWN, NJ—Public Service Electric and Gashas commenced construction on a 10.14-megawatt-dc solar farm on thecapped Parklands Landfill here.

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The project, part of PSE&G's Solar 4 Allprogram, when completed will transform 40 acres of landfill spaceinto a clean energy producing solar farm, capable of poweringnearly 2,000 average-size homes annually.

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“Landfills like Parklands offer prime opportunities forlarge-scale solar development that benefits New Jersey and ourcustomers,” says Joe Forline, vice president,customer solutions of PSE&G. “We can convert this property intoa productive asset that adds to New Jersey's inventory of renewableenergy resources without reducing the state's open space. And byconnecting projects like this directly to the electric grid, weensure that all of our electric customers are sharing in thebenefits of solar generation.”

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Reclaiming brownfields and landfills has been a centerpiece ofPSE&G's innovative Solar 4 All program and the Parklands site,owned by Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc.,represents the sixth installation of this kind. In early 2015, oncethe Parklands Solar Farm, which ceased operations in 1989, is inservice the Solar 4 All program will have utilized 80 acres oflandfill and brownfield space by installing more than 70,000 solarpanels, capable of generating more than 20 MW-dc of solar power,which is enough to power about 3,000 homes annually.

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“Waste Management is proud to partner with PSE&G to turnthis landfill into a solar farm,” says TaraHemmer, vice president of Waste Management's GreaterMid-Atlantic Area. “Our company each day uses waste to produceenough renewable energy to power more than one million homes.Projects and partnerships like this one will continue to reduce ourcarbon footprint, make our nation less dependent on foreign energy,and improve our environment.”

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Since 2009, PSE&G has invested more than $480 million on theSolar 4 All program and created more than 1,600 jobs. PSE&Gestimates that at the height of construction, there will beapproximately 100 people onsite working on the Parklands solarproject in a range of jobs, including electricians, engineers,heavy equipment operators, ironworkers, laborers and truckdrivers.

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Conti Enterprises Inc. of Edison, NJ, one ofthe state's largest solar developers was selected as theengineering, procurement and construction contractor for theproject.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.