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Editorial: Huge solar project is a good start for N.J.

TIMES OF TRENTON – In 2010, workers installed solar panels on the roofs of several buildings at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, enough to produce some 155,100 kilowatt hours of power.

Subsequently, base housing units got similar treatment.

This week, in what many are hailing as the largest military solar energy installation in the Northeast, ground was broken for a project that ultimately will see 50,000 of the panels arrayed around the far-flung base.

That’s enough to produce more than 21,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, officials say, enough to power more than 2,500 homes.

Officials describe the 98-acre solar farm – installed over a capped landfill at the Burlington County base some 18 miles southeast of Trenton – as part of an effort by the military to achieve long-term energy security …

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One Response to Editorial: Huge solar project is a good start for N.J.

  1. Joe Metelski

    January 2, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Installations such as this are best management practices for siting of solar panels. Panels do NOT belong on woodlands, farmlands, wetlands, critical habitats, historic sites and other such locations.

    They belong on rooftops, parking lots, landfills and toxic sites and other such locations. This is in keeping with the New Jersey Energy Plan.

    ALL solar power plant panel developers/installers should follow the Joint Base example.