JCP&L connects largest landfill solar project in North America to grid

Jersey Central Power & Light said it recently finished connecting a 19.8-megawatt solar project at a former landfill property in Mount Olive to the grid.

For the past year, JCP&L has worked with the project’s developer to construct a grid connection point with an existing 34.5-kilovolt transmission line.

In late January, the project — the largest landfill solar project in North America — was successfully connected and began delivering energy to the grid. The Mount Olive site is owned by CEP Renewables and is being leased to NJR Clean Energy Ventures, which will own and operate the facility long-term.

FirstEnergy and JCP&L are committed to supporting the global energy transition to renewable resources, and we are pleased to have worked with CEP Renewables to connect this innovative solar project to the grid and enable the delivery of clean energy to local communities,” Jim Fakult, president of New Jersey operations for JCP&L parent FirstEnergy, said.

CEP Renewables designs, develops and builds utility-scale solar projects. The company currently has 16 landfill or brownfield solar projects under development and has completed over 100 megawatts of solar projects in New Jersey in support of the state’s New Jersey Energy Master Plan.

In November, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awarded JCP&L the construction responsibility to connect clean energy generated by New Jersey’s offshore wind farms to the power grid.