CEP Renewables Begins Construction on 19 MW Brownfield Solar Project in New Jersey

May 13, 2024

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CEP Renewables

CEP Renewables announced that construction has begun on its 19 MW dc grid supply Foul Rift solar project located in White Township, Warren County, New Jersey. The project is being developed on a brownfield, an environmentally impaired site, that had been the home to a composting facility for nearly three decades. Prior to the cessation of operations, the facility had a long history of violations received from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). CEP's development of this project will complete the environmental remediation at this site while also providing reliable clean energy, pollinator habitats and greater tax revenue for the local community. This fixed-tilt, bifacial solar module project is expected to reach commercial operation by September 2024.

"This project is the perfect example of the use of the renewable energy subsidy to not only reduce the regional carbon footprint, but also remediate environmental damages that would not have otherwise been addressed," said Chris Ichter, Executive Vice President at CEP Renewables. "We are pleased to have been able to leverage our prior experience on similarly challenging landfill and brownfield solar projects to develop a successful public-private partnership with White Township that will positively impact generations to come."

When CEP first came across this property, it had been contaminated as a result of the composting facility's operations. An extensive environmental investigation indicated that the soils were contaminated with metals including arsenic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that necessitated the use of an institutional control. In total, the investigation identified ninety-two separate notices of environmental violations from NJDEP. In order to bring the site into compliance with NJDEP, CEP removed the remaining berm of compost and waste materials and worked with NJDEP to successfully resolve the remaining violations and terminate the solid waste permit.

As part of its partnership with White Township, in exchange for certain interconnection easement rights, CEP also agreed to create a porous pavement walking path circulating throughout the Township's recreational fields. This is an improvement that the Township had been planning to build, but which had long remained unfulfilled due to lack of funding. In addition to turning an environmentally hazardous site into a revenue generating asset, the Foul Rift project also contributes to New Jersey maintaining its ranking as the number one U.S. state for installed solar capacity per square mile. This project also further supports the state in achieving its goal of 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 - the most ambitious clean energy goal in the country.

About CEP Renewables:
CEP Renewables designs, develops, and builds grid-connected, utility-scale solar projects. With global expertise developing projects in Europe, Asia, and North America, the company has turned its attention to New Jersey and supporting the Governor's ambitious Energy Master Plan (requiring 100% utilization of clean energy by 2050). CEP utilizes its highly-skilled professional team to implement complex remediation, engineering, and permitting strategies that allow it to bring particularly challenging projects from conception to energization. For more information visit https://www.ceprenewables.com/.

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