We Applaud PSE&G Solar Expansion, They Should Do More. Sierra Club release:

PSE&G has announced a plan that would add 100 megawatts of solar power to the grid, which is enough to serve about 16,000 homes. The company estimates the new solar farms could create 575 new jobs for electricians, carpenters, engineers and laborers. PSE&G have eight solar farms already throughout the state and typically build them on brownfield sites like old landfills and industrial sites. These projects generate about 53 megawatts of solar power, enough to serve 8,500 homes. We are glad to see the expansion of solar energy in New Jersey, especially given the Christie Administration’s rollbacks to renewable energy goals. Jeff Tittel, Director of New Jersey Sierra Club released the following statement:

“It is important that PSE&G expand its solar farms that will help reduce climate impacts and create green jobs. Instead of clear-cutting a forest like Six Flags wants to, PSE&G has utilized old industrial sites for solar that are putting these brownfields to a more productive use. We are glad to see PSE&G expand their solar program and build10 new solar farms. This helps end the need for new pipelines and power plants that pollute our air and water. PSE&G has solar in other states and we hope they plan to do more here. New Jersey needs to end our dependence on fossil fuels, while stopping new pipelines and power plants, not only to clean our air, but improve our economy and fight climate change.”

“It is good to see solar being expanded in our state, especially because the Christie Administration has rolled back our clean energy goals. They reduced our goals in the 2011 Energy Master Plan update by 2020 from 30% to 22.5% and crashed the solar market. Before Christie came in office, there were 10,000 solar jobs in the state, but now there are only 5,500. New Jersey is now 4 th in the nation for solar power, but we were 2nd before Governor Christie.  We used to do forty megawatts a month and now we’re doing eight. We should be expanding the Renewable Energy Portfolio and building more solar farms. The solar industry has been slipping in New Jersey, so it is good to see the private sector step in and help the transition to more renewable energy.”

“ We rather see PSE&G build more solar projects like these, than the proposed PennEast Pipeline and hope they continue to do more solar. Instead of building the PennEast Pipeline, they should put solar along the proposed route and utilize the solar power.”