Solar Landscape has been awarded more than 20 MW of rooftop solar projects as part of the first round of New Jersey’s community solar pilot program.
Solar Landscape, a leading solar energy company specialising in large commercial solar installations has been awarded more than 20 MW of rooftop solar projects as part of the first round of New Jersey’s community solar pilot program. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) selected Solar Landscape’s projects as part of the 77.61 MW it awarded for the first year of the three-year pilot program.
The eight-project allocation, totaling 20.35 MWdc represents more than 53 percent of the first-round’s rooftop solar approvals.
“We are pleased to be part of the pilot program and excited about the very real economic and environmental benefits our projects will bring to these communities,” said Solar Landscape’s Co-Founder and CEO, Shaun Keegan. “Affordable, clean energy will now be easily available to everyone without the need to have solar panels on their roof. We are proud to afford residents and businesses the opportunity to save money and lower carbon emissions through a completed solar project within their community.”
The state’s Community Solar legislation was passed in May of 2018 as part of the state’s Clean Energy Act. The property owner benefits by receiving a lease payment for hosting the solar array on the facility’s rooftop.
When completed, the Solar Landscape projects will deliver more than 24 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year, and more than 475 million kilowatt-hours over the 20-year term of the agreement. It would take more than 345,000 tons of burned coal to generate the equivalent amount of power. The projects will generate clean electricity and prevent 37 million of pounds of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere each year.
As part of the Community Solar program, Solar Landscape is partnering with organizations that foster self- reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities to provide local solar energy job training and professional certification. The firm will be responsible for the projects’ development, installation and maintenance.
As a participant in New Jersey’s Community Solar Program, the projects will provide homeowners, renters, and businesses with the benefits of solar energy without the cost of equipment, installation and maintenance. Participants in the program will receive clean, renewable energy at a discount with 51 percent of the electricity provided by the projects to be sold to low- and moderate-income households. Moreover, the firm has partnered with non-profit organizations to provide no-cost solar energy job training at five locations throughout the state.