Asbury Park-based Solar Landscape said it recently energized the first of 46 community solar projects approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in Year 2 of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program.
The active Delran community solar site, which will generate over 800,000 kilowatt-hours of energy in the first year, was approved for construction by NJBPU just over a year ago.
New Jersey’s first active Year 2 community solar project is part of a portfolio of three installations hosted by Endurance Real Estate Group LLC. The Endurance projects will provide solar energy at a discount to over 600 local homes and apartments without the need for solar panels on residential properties.
“Endurance is leading the way on (environmental, social & governance) initiatives, demonstrating our commitment to sustainability through renewable energy projects like this community solar site on our Delran facility, and two similar projects on our properties in Mount Laurel. By expanding access to renewable energy for nearby residents — especially lower-income families — we are proud to serve as a good corporate neighbor and add even more value in the communities where we do business,” Al Corr, senior vice president/principal at Endurance Real Estate Group said.
“We are excited to welcome more residents to community solar, especially those in disadvantaged communities who can power their homes with solar energy for the first time,” Shaun Keegan, Solar Landscape’s CEO, stated. “In partnership with commercial real estate leaders like Endurance Real Estate Group, we provide cost-saving solar power and lower carbon emissions, while helping companies achieve their ESG goals. Community solar is one of New Jersey’s most shovel-ready clean energy programs. One year after this project was approved, it’s providing valuable benefits to residents, and many more projects will be energized soon.”
The discounted clean energy from the energized Delran project on the Endurance facility roof is available to residents in Cinnaminson Township, Delanco Township, Moorestown Township, Riverside Township and Willingboro Township, in addition to Delran.
“I am thrilled that residents can now reap the benefits of solar energy without installing panels on their roof. This project is a large step to equitable solar energy, especially by opening solar to renters, condo owners and all homeowners,” Tyler Burrell, president of the Delran township council, said.