New Jersey community solar project brings new twist to ‘solar+storage’

Extra Space Storage in Neptune (New Jersey) has a 500 kW community-solar project. Solar Landscape developed the project. (Courtesy: Solar Landscape)

The project brings a new twist to “solar+storage.”

Extra Space Storage, Neptune, New Jersey has completed a 500 kW community solar system.

The first of a 10-project, 6-MW portfolio of Solar Landscape projects is this project. It is part of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Community Solar Pilot Program.

The Neptune project is the first of 46 community solar projects to be completed in the program’s ‘Year 2’ phase.

In total, Extra Space Storage’s New Jersey community solar portfolio will cover 800,000 sq. Power over 1,400 homes in the vicinity.

“This new effort to bring solar power to the local community is an exciting development,” said McKall Morris, Extra Space Storage’s senior manager of communications and sustainability. “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.”

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The perfect location for community solar projects is a storage unit facility. Their flat, expansive roofs present a path to clean energy for homeowners and businesses who can’t install solar panels themselves.

Extra Space has been installing solar panels on its storage facilities for over a decade. The company invested $17.7 Million in solar projects alone in 2021.

53% of Extra Space-owned facilities currently have solar panels installed on site.

Gov. Phil Murphy inspects the first New Jersey community solar project that was energized on January 28, 2021. The project, constructed in Perth Amboy by New Jersey developer Solar Landscape, was developed as part of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. (Courtesy: New Jersey Governor’s Office)

Through the New Jersey Community Solar Energy Pilot Program’s Year 1 and 2, Solar Landscape has 70 MW of solar energy built or under construction. The company currently owns and operates more than half – eight out of 14 – of New Jersey’s active community solar projects.

The projects have produced more emissions-free electricity than 22.63 gigawatts.

In January 2021, Gov. Phil Murphy visited the first New Jersey community solar project (photo above). Solar Landscape, Perth Amboy, developed the project.