Newark, it must be admitted, doesn't have the best reputation. The post-industrial New Jersey city has seen some tough times in the past decades - but Newark Public Schools and the Public Service Electric and Gas Company - which has always called Newark its home - are doing their bit to raise the city's profile.
As part of PSE&G's Solar 4 All program, the utility is constructing four solar installations with a total capacity of 2.6 megawatts - enough to power around 400 average New Jersey homes.
The arrays will be located at the Barringer High School, Central High School, Park Elementary High School and Camden Middle and Elementary Schools.
In addition, the utility and the schools will collaborate on a Green Energy Education Program that will prepare Newark high school students to join the green technology industry by teaching them to install and build solar panels, wind turbines and other elements of the new energy infrastructure.
"As a Newark-based company, we are very pleased to partner with Newark Public Schools on this innovative project that provides value for our customers, revenue for the school district and educational opportunities for its students," said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and chief operating officer. "This project is an example of how solar power can provide much more than just clean energy - it can help bring about a better future for our young people, our communities, and our state's economy."