Greenbacker announces commercial operation of solar farm in New Jersey

Community hosts ribbon cutting with federal, state, and local officials to celebrate the milestone

New York, NY, July 20, 2022 — Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC (“GREC” or “Greenbacker”), a leading green energy investment company and independent power producer, celebrated that its Mt. Arlington Landfill solar project entered commercial operation at a June 17 ribbon cutting attended by federal, state, and local government representatives.

The 2.3 MWdc solar farm sits atop a capped landfill, giving new life to land that had sat idle for years. Today, under Greenbacker’s ownership, it produces cheaper clean power for the Borough of Mt. Arlington, NJ.

US Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ 7th District) said at the ribbon-cutting:

“Congratulations to all the folks at Greenbacker for completing this project, and to Mt. Arlington for converting a dump into something that can help save our economy and help save the planet.” (Malinowski is co-author of the America COMPETES Act, a bipartisan proposal to help boost domestic manufacturing of essential materials, including solar panels and other clean energy components.)

Community residents and project partners also attended the event, hosted by the borough. In recognition of the positive impact the solar farm has had on the area, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and State Senator Tony Bucco presented the borough with a joint Senate-Assembly Commendation from the state of New Jersey at the ceremony.

Mehul Mehta, CIO of GREC, emphasized the importance of investing in renewable energy projects.

“The energy transition isn’t a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. We’ve hit a critical juncture where it’s essential to scale the energy transition with projects like this sooner rather than later.”

Greenbacker’s solar farm on a former landfill
A bird’s eye view of Greenbacker’s 2.3 MW solar farm on a capped landfill, delivering clean energy to Mt. Arlington, NJ.

Greenbacker purchased the solar farm from developer HESP Solar (“HESP”) in late 2021. HESP and local officials spent several years coordinating efforts to make the land suitable for redevelopment and transform it into a functioning solar farm.

“This was a blighted property that was turned into a magnificent project to the benefit of our residents,” Mt. Arlington mayor Michael Stanzilis said at the ribbon cutting. “It brings clean energy to the people in our borough, and it puts money back into taxpayers’ pockets.”

Since the solar energy project began producing power for the borough—with whom Greenbacker has a long-term power purchase agreement—it has generated over 1.3 gigawatt-hours of clean energy, abating 971 metric tons of carbon. That’s roughly equivalent to the emissions from consuming 110,000 gallons of gasoline or burning 1.1 million pounds of coal.1

Over the last few years, Greenbacker has partnered with HESP on 17 renewable energy projects. Ten of them are in New Jersey.

Greenbacker’s fleet of clean energy projects comprises over 2.6 GW of generating capacity (including Mt. Arlington Landfill and assets that are to be constructed). Since 2016, Greenbacker’s real assets have produced nearly 4.3 million megawatt-hours2 of clean energy, abating over 3.0 million metric tons of carbon.3 Today these projects support over 4,700 green jobs.4

1 When compared with a similar amount of power generation from fossil fuels. Carbon abatement is calculated using the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator which uses the AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT) US national weighted average CO2 marginal emission rate to convert reductions of kilowatt-hours into avoided units of carbon dioxide emissions. Data represents October 12, 2021 through June 2, 2022.

2 Data is as of March 31, 2022.

3 EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. Data is as of March 31, 2022.

4 Green jobs are calculated from the International Renewable Energy Agency‘s measurement that one megawatt of renewable power supports 3.8 jobs. Data is as of March 31, 2022.

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Greenbacker ribbon cutting solar power on landfill