West Atlantic City-based Atlantic Green Power announced Wednesday preliminary site plan approval for the development of a 74.6 MegaWatt (MW) solar farm on the first of two tracts of land (the eastern site) under evaluation by the Land Use Board of Upper Pittsgrove, N.J.
The eastern site is part of AGP's plan to develop the largest solar farm on the East Coast on approximately 512-acres of farmland in the Salem county township. Once completed, the installation is expected to supply clean electricity to approximately 15,000 homes in the region and displace over 70,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking nearly 13,000 cars off the road.
Last Thursday's preliminary approval by the Board provides Atlantic Green Power with a land use variance and zoning permission to erect solar panels on approximately 88-acres of the 177-acre eastern site. The Land Use Board will reconvene in June to consider plans for the second 335-acre tract (the western site).
"To the credit of the Land Use Board and the residents of Upper Pittsgrove, we have undergone an extensive review process to ensure that every concern has been addressed by Atlantic Green Power and by independent experts," said Robert Demos, CEO of Atlantic Green Power. He added that, "Our primary goal has been to demonstrate the benefits of this solar farm to the people of Upper Pittsgrove, and how it fits into the town's master plan, which makes land preservation its number one priority. We are gratified by the preliminary site plan approval for the eastern site, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Board to provide them with the information they need to make a decision on the western site."
— ANDY LAGOMARSINO, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM