CEP Renewables, Clean Energy Ventures (CEV), along with CS Energy converted a former contaminated industrial site in New Jersey into a solar farm. The former paper mill complex in New Jersey remediated as a 17 megawatt solar farm.
Originally, the project was developed by CEP Renewables and later NJR Clean Energy Venture (CEV) acquired it. Engineering, procurement, and construction work for the project is provided by CS Energy. Together they built a fixed-tilt solar array in two phases on Brownfield, which was earlier a paper mill complex. CEV is one of the largest solar operators/owners in New Jersey with 63 commercial solar projects throughout New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York.
The company also acquired the Holland project in 2021 from CEP Renewables and now has a portfolio installed capacity of more than 430 MW. With a powerhouse located on a portion of Brownfield and a historic farmhouse nearby, the project had to be built there. Successful redevelopment and remediation of the site converted the underutilized space of the site into a source of carbon-free and clean energy. Also, it would increase tax revenue for local municipalities.
Michael Dillon, Director of Operations at CS Energy said, “We are glad to have had the opportunity to work alongside CEP Renewables on another impactful brownfield solar project.” “The completed redevelopment of this property now generates clean energy for the state and additional tax revenue for the local municipality,” Michael Dillon further added.
Chris Ichter, Executive Vice President at CEP Renewables said, “We’re pleased to leverage our extensive experience with redeveloping Superfund and brownfield sites to turn this previously contaminated property into a source of solar energy, jobs and tax revenue. We were able to efficiently overcome the unique challenges this site posed by working closely with the property owner and the EPC, CS Energy, at every stage of the project.”
“NJR Clean Energy Ventures has a long history of working with CEP Renewables and CS Energy on complex solar projects to bring the benefits of clean energy to communities throughout New Jersey.” said Robert Pohlman, Vice President of NJR Clean Energy Ventures.
“We are committed to building a clean energy future with projects like Holland. By repurposing brownfields and other underutilized spaces to produce clean, renewable energy, CEV is helping to deliver clean energy innovations that drive emission reduction goals and power a more sustainable future,” Robert further added.
After the former paper mill fell into disrepair and was abandoned in the 1990s, property owner sought help from CEP Renewables as they were known for decommissioning former industrial sites and redeveloping them. But long before CEP Renewables assumed control of the site, it was already remediated and deeply restricted plus it was covered by engineering control.
Existing engineering controls were enhanced by the CEP team to make them compatible with this solar redevelopment. Also, CS Energy and CEP together overcame several challenges like getting a permit for construction of second phase that will overlap with the first phase.
CEP Renewables develops, designs, and builds grid-connected utility scale solar projects. The company has global expertise in developing projects and displayed its talent and innovation in projects in Europe, North America, and Asia. Now, its attention is towards New Jersey, to support the ambitious Energy Master Plan of the Governor and attain 100% clean energy utilization level by 2050.
With their highly skilled professional team, they implemented redemption, engineering, and permitting strategies for such projects. This allows for bringing challenging projects from conception phase to the energization phase. And in this way, the former paper mill complex in New Jersey remediated as a 17 megawatt solar farm.
Source: CEP Renewables