New Jersey church to be christened with 682-kW solar carport

Construction on a 682 kWDC community solar canopy project developed by Citrine power started at the Blue Army Shrine in Franklin, New Jersey. Located in the car and bus parking lots of Blue Army Shrine, the system is one of the first 45 projects to be approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in late 2019 under the state’s Community Solar Program Pilot Year 1.

The carport system is expected to be operational in Fall 2021 and will serve low to middle income residents in Warren, Sussex, Hunterdon and Morris counties located in the First Energy service area (aka Jersey Power And Light) are located.

Photo courtesy of Sunrise Power Solutions

“We are very proud to finally see the results of our hard work and patience from this long development effort. Citrine Power is delighted to be one of the pioneers of the New Jersey solar community effort through the Blue Army Shrine canopy project. As with all new renewable energy programs, the development effort was not without its challenges, but with the support of First Energy and NJBPU we were able to overcome obstacles to bring this project to life. We look forward to expanding our presence in New Jersey in the coming years, ”said Cela Sinay Bernie, managing partner of Citrine Power.

The canopy is funded by Sunwealth, a renewable energy investment company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which will be the long-term owner of the system.

“The New Jersey Community Solar pilot program provides a great opportunity to realize clean energy savings for low- and middle-income households and communities across New Jersey. Community strongholds such as the Blue Army Shrine provide a strong foundation for future clean energy investments in both organizations and households across the state that can benefit from the growth of solar energy, ”said Jonathan Abe, CEO of Sunwealth.

Sunwealth has contracted Near sun for registration and management of customers.

“We here at the National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima are delighted to organize, and finally see, the installation of this solar awning system, which has multiple uses and benefits. The system will serve as a parking canopy for our visitors and provides additional covered event space, protecting visitors from the elements. It will also provide a lower rate for low- and middle-income community residents, ”added David Carollo, the Executive Director of the World Apostolate of Fatima.

The solar powered carport system is being built by a New Jersey contractor Pfister Energy and is expected to be operational in September.

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