What happens when people in the community depend on conventional electricity to power homes? Give them ways to steer away from fossil fuels, of course. This is exactly what happened to a town that housed the storage facilities of Solar Landscape.
It’s time that the world take advantage of what nature can provide. The sun has so much power and is able to power the entire planet. All the people need to do is find ways to harness it. By going green, you save the planet from dangerous gasses that pose more harm to the environment.
New Jersey’s largest community solar owner and operator came up with the wonderful idea – and this was to cover their entire storage space with solar panels that could provide electricity to hundreds of homes.
The project has come to its completion and since then, an Extra Space Storage site is found in Neptune, NJ. The panel can now provide and boast about the power because of the gigantic 6.5-megawatt (MW) community solar array that totals to as much as 800,000 square feet. It that will power over 1,400 homes within the area.
Solar Landscape is the solar operator. They had completed the project last August 1. This is also one of the 10 sites owned by the company and the first completed one of 46 “community solar projects” that was given the stamp of approval by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) in the second year of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program.
“Partnering with Solar Landscape on this project aligns perfectly with our commitments to be good corporate citizens and to participate in environmental initiatives that are positive for our communities, customers, employees, and shareholders,” said McKall Morris. He is the Senior Manager of Communications and Sustainability.
Community solar gives advantages to the residents as they are able to submit a subscription to their nearest solar installation. These installations are usually hosted on a commercial property within the area as well. The residents are able to get the electricity that is generated at a much lower rate than normal. The extra money that they get to save will then be allotted to low-to-moderate income households.
NJBPU’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program has successfully expanded their access to renewable energy for people who previously were unable to install solar panels for different reasons. Many of which include its high costs, the lack of roof control, or a well-shaded property that doesn’t get access to the sun even during the day.
The company also has solar programs dedicated to the community. To be able to do this, Solar Landscape has partnered with several schools, nonprofits, and community organizations. In collaboration with Sustainable Jersey City, which is an environmental education nonprofit, the company also awarded $20,000 in scholarships to high school senior students via Community Sustainability Challenge scholarships. This is their way of opening opportunities to the rest of the world and give them what once was unattainable to many.
“The promise of community solar in New Jersey has arrived, and it’s bringing guaranteed savings to residents at a time when many other costs are increasing,” shared Solar Landscape CEO Shaun Keegan. “We’re proud to be partnering with Extra Space Storage on this project, which connects business leaders with the local community and saves residents money,” he added.
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