Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pave the fairways, put up a solar farm











No, it's probably not what Joni Mitchell had in mind when she wrote her early-enviro-era lyrics, but down in Cape May, the owner of the B.L. England power plant wants to build one of New Jersey's largest solar arrays on what is now its nine-hole public golf course.

The 26 acres of solar panels would generate 4 megawatts of energy for sale to electric customers across the region, company spokesman Stephen Ross said in today's Atlantic City Press.

The 4 MW output is is less than 1 percent of the 447 megawatts the B.L. England power plant can produce at maximum output, but it is enough to power 4,000 homes.

Golfers told reporter Michael Miller that they'd hate to lose the course because of its combination of short and long holes and because the greens fees are less there than at surrounding courses.

Michael Hagan Jr., 17, a senior at Ocean City High School who has played golf for four years, said: "I like the idea of solar power. I just think they should do it somewhere else."

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