New Jersey Utility Starts Capping Utility Poles and Streetlights With Solar Panels
Monday, July 5th 2010 1:00 PM
By GetSolar Staff.
The Public Service Enterprise Group, the largest publicly owned utility in New Jersey, has begun installing more than 200,000 solar photovoltaic panels on top of utility poles and streetlamps in over 300 towns. The massive solar installation is part of the company's effort to double the amount of solar energy generated in New Jersey.
The program, known as Solar 4 All, was approved last July. Once complete, it will be the largest pole-mounted solar array in the world.
PSE&G's plans call for the entire array of 200-watt panels to feed 40 megawatts of electricity into the grid. Each panel is 5 feet by 2.5 feet in size and sits about 16 feet off of ground level.
The cost of the project is folded into a $515 million initiative to increase the utility's solar power, including rooftop installations and solar farms in Trenton, Linden and other new Jersey cities.
A PSE&G spokesman speaking to the Lawrence Ledger estimated that a little over a tenth of the project had been installed so far.