Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Solar is Coming to a Corner Near You

Public Service Electric and Gas Company today asked state regulators to approve a $773-million proposal to bring 120 megawatts of solar power directly to communities and customers throughout its service territory.

PSE&G proposed a comprehensive program that includes the largest pole-attached solar installation in the country. It calls for the installation of solar panels on 200,000 utility poles as well as schools, municipal buildings, low-income housing and brownfield sites. In a statement, PSE&G said it would invest in, own and operate the grid-connected solar energy systems while collaborating with experienced solar developers, installers and manufacturers to develop projects.

“We designed our program to ensure that everyone has access to the benefits of solar energy,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G’s president and chief operating officer. Speculation about the company's other possible motives can be found here.

Newark-based PSE&G is New Jersey’s largest utility with 2.1 million electric customers.

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