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A Former Paper Mill Site is now Generating Solar Power in New Jersey

Feb. 21, 2023
Former industrial site now generates renewable energy.

In the 1990s, the former paper mill site was abandoned and fell into disrepair. CEP Renewables was sought out by the property owner, a company that decommissions former industrial sites, to redevelop this land. CEP’s team reviewed the entire environmental history and provided critical review and recommendations before the completion of the remediation by the responsible party.

CEP Renewables, CS Energy and NJR Clean Energy Ventures (CEV) have successfully converted a former contaminated brownfield into a 17 MW solar project in Holland, New Jersey.

This fixed-tilt solar array was constructed in two phases on a site that previously housed a paper mill complex. The successful remediation and redevelopment of this site has transitioned this underutilized space into a source of carbon-free, clean energy and increased tax revenue for the local municipality.

CEV, one of the largest solar owner/operators in New Jersey, acquired the Holland project from CEP Renewables in 2021, and now owns 63 commercial solar projects throughout New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut, with a portfolio of more than 430 MW of installed capacity.      

Prior to CEP Renewables assuming control of the site, the area was remediated, deed restricted and covered with an engineering control. CEP’s team enhanced the existing engineering controls to be compatible with the solar redevelopment.

CEP Renewables and CS Energy also overcame several challenges, including the permitting and construction of a second phase of the project overlapping with the first. Additionally, the project had to be built around a historic farmhouse and powerhouse located on a portion of the property.    

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