DEPTFORD A large solar farm will provide a new purpose for a forlorn landfill in Deptford.
The state Board of Public Utilities has granted conditional certification to Public Service Electric & Gas Co. to build its solar array on a 32-acre section of the Kinsley Landfill, which stretches for more than 100 acres.
"We're all for it," Deptford Mayor Ray Medany said this week, noting an inability to develop the site for commercial or residential use.
The farm will be the largest in PSE&G's solar-site portfolio. Power from the utility's solar farms, currently occupying four brownfields and one landfill in the state, totals 10.5 megawatts. The Deptford project alone is expected to generate 8.2 megawatts. A megawatt can power about 160 homes for a year, said Todd Hranicka, PSE&G director of solar energy.