Back in February, we told you about the huge solar project New Jersey utility PSE&G was planning: 120 MW divided among four different programs, all to be completed by 2013. Well, the project has just received approval from the state's utility board, but the approved version is a little different from the original.
The so-called Solar4All Program will now top out at a capacity of 80 MW across two separate programs. The cost of the project has dropped to $515 million from close to $800 million and it will now make up 4.4 percent of the state's renewable energy requirement (22.5 percent by 2020), down from 7 percent. The 2013 target remains in place.
Half of the installed capacity will be in the form of small solar panel installations (under 200W) on utility poles across the state. The other half will be larger installations between 500kW and 25 MW, including solar gardens and rooftop arrays on PSE&G facilities and other privately-owned sites.
With this project, the state will be doubling its existing solar capacity and continue to hold its second-place ranking behind California in installed solar power.via Treehugger
written by Fred, July 31, 2009
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