Hopatcong Transforms Old Dump: From “Tax Drain” -to- “Revenue-Generating Solar Field”

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As reported during the last Borough Council meeting by Mayor Francis, work started this week on the surveying for the final development of a 3-MW Solar Farm that will cover the old 23-acre dump location.

The old capped dump located on the hill behind the Recycling Center (Flora Ave) has been out of commission for over 30-years and costs the Borough an average of $10,000 annually in water testing and fees paid to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Borough Owned property has been leased for 25 years to ACCP NJ Solar that has completed the design phase and moving into the building and construction of the solar arrays. The solar project is jointly developed and financed by AC Power and Citrine Power, both experienced commercial and utility-scale solar developers in the Northeastern U.S. The project’s expected commercial operation date is expected late this year.

Annika Colston, President of AC Power, said, “We are excited to work with the Borough of Hopatcong to convert their landfill from a tax drain to a revenue-generating solar energy facility, contributing to the state’s ambitious and laudable goal of 50% renewable energy power by 2030.”

Work Underway:

Hopatcong Solar Field - After
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When completed later the solar system will sell its power to Jersey Central Power and Light, which serves approximately 1.1 million customers in central and northern New Jersey.

Cela Sinay-Bernie, Managing Partner of Citrine Power, commented, “We congratulate Hopatcong’s leadership for their commitment to protecting the environment and in finding a sustainable solution to the development of renewable power for the financial benefit of the Borough.”

Work is expected to be completed later this year, once operational the solar farm could someday generate more than $100,000 in annual revenue for the borough, according to reporting from Northjersey.

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