Air Force and state officials helped
break ground Dec. 20 on a 98-acre solar farm at Joint Base
The 16.5 megawatt solar energy project will be
the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more
than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017.
Once completed, the solar array will produce more than 21,000 megawatt-hours of
renewable energy every year – enough to power more than 2,500 homes.
“Solar power is one of the most efficient and affordable energy alternatives
today,” said Adjutant General of New Jersey
Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniffsaid.
“Whether you're interested in solar power because of its economic or
environment impact, during these times of budgetary constraints on the federal
side and the state side, I think we can all agree this joint solar project
could not happen at a greater time. “
Affiliates of Starwood Energy Group and Energy
Management, Inc. developed the project, which is located on a capped landfill.
The project is part of the Air Force’s Enhanced Use Lease program that helps
create mutually beneficial commercial projects on Air Force land.
“New Jersey’s leadership in solar energy policies is creating a healthier
environment, greater energy independence and more stable energy costs for the
region,” said Jim Gordon, EMI president.
More than 15,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide
emissions is expected to be reduced, an equivalent of 3,000 cars removed from
True Green Capital and affiliates will build,
own and operate the solar array in partnership with the Conti Group.
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