Greenbacker Renewable Energy Co. LLC’s (GREC) Mt. The commercial operation of the Arlington Landfill solar farm has begun. The DC solar farm, which produces clean, cheaper power for the Borough. Arlington, N.J.
“Congratulations to all the folks at Greenbacker for completing this project, and to Mt. Arlington for converting a dump into something that can help save our economy and help save the planet,” says U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ 7th District). Malinowski co-authored the America COMPETES Act. It is a bipartisan proposal that will help increase domestic manufacturing of essential materials like solar panels and clean energy components.
“The energy transition isn’t a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have,” states Mehul Mehta, CIO of GREC, emphasizing the importance of investing in renewable energy projects. “We’ve hit a critical juncture where it’s essential to scale the energy transition with projects like this sooner rather than later.”
In late 2021, HESP Solar sold the solar farm to Greenbacker. HESP and local officials worked together for several years to make the land available for redevelopment and turn it into a functional solar farm.
“This was a blighted property that was turned into a magnificent project to the benefit of our residents,” comments Mt. Arlington Mayor Michael Stanzilis. “It brings clean energy to the people in our borough, and it puts money back into taxpayers’ pockets.”
Since the solar energy project began producing power for the borough – with whom Greenbacker has a long-term power purchase agreement – it has generated over 1.3 GWh of clean energy, abating 971 metric tons of carbon. That’s roughly equivalent to the emissions from consuming 110,000 gallons of gasoline or burning 1.1 million pounds of coal.
Greenbacker has been a partner with HESP for 17 renewable energy projects over the past few years. Ten of them are located in New Jersey.