Neighborhood Sun has announced it has partnered with Soltage to bring a 3.1 MW community solar project to central and south New Jersey, primarily serving low and moderate income PSE&G customers in Camden, Mercer and Burlington counties.
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The Tri-County Solar Farm will be among the first community solar projects in New Jersey. It is expected to produce power for up to 775 households, and Neighborhood Sun will begin accepting subscription sign-ups in late June. Low and moderate income subscribers are guaranteed a discount of 15 percent for 20 years with no cancelation fees, and can save an estimated $120 annually on electric bills. Unlike rooftop solar, if a subscriber moves they can take their subscription with them.
“We build solar projects in communities all over the country, but we are especially proud to own and operate one of the first community solar projects in our home state of New Jersey” said Jesse Grossman, CEO of Soltage. “With universal access a top priority, we’re partnering with community organizations to develop the project and committing the majority of the energy produced to serve low and moderate income residents.”
Neighbourhood Sun’s new New Jersey Program Director, Randi Orlow, is to build a coalition of partners who want to help spread the word to their constituents about the new offer.
The project was developed by solar developer AC Power, LLC, and acquired for further development, construction, operation and ownership by Soltage in July 2018. Completion of the project is expected in December 2020. It will produce enough clean energy each year to offset 3,270 tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking 640 non-electric cars off the road.