Officials turned on the switch this week on a $17.8 million solar farm atop a closed state-owned landfill in Kearny, N.J.
The 13-acre solar farm, which will generate 3 megawatts and power up to 500 homes, falls in line with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's energy plan, which calls for solar projects to be constructed on landfills and brownfields instead of other available land.
"These landfills have sat dormant for years, and have been a familiar site to northern New Jersey residents for as long as I can remember," Ralph LaRossa, president of PSE&G, said in a statement. "This project updates that story, showing how 21st century technology coupled with public-private partnership can return even the most unusable space to a productive purpose."
Before the solar farm could be constructed, workers had to top the closed NJMC Landfill with 1,500 truckloads of dirt. A portion of the project's funding -- $8.5 million – came from a federal grant, according to a report from NJ Spotlight, a nonprofit online news service.