NJ Solar Farm Proposal Meets With Resistance, Unlike a Delavan, WI Farm
A 60-acre property off Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road in Hamilton, New Jersey, which is being considered as a site for a solar farm is the subject of ongoing and heated debate. The area is currently a privately-owned golf course but if BKB Properties is successful in their bid for the land, it would become a ground-mounted solar site projected to produce 100 megawatts of solar electricity.
The two basic sides of the argument are for preserving scarce open space in New Jersey versus a project which will increase the production of clean, renewable energy and create jobs at the same time.
At a recent zoning board meeting, which was lengthy and filled with tension, advocates for the would-be developers were across the aisle from environmentalists. Barry Black Sr. and his son Barry Black Jr. are the developers doing business under the name BKB Properties.
A decision has not been made regarding the property, and a use variance from the zoning board hasn’t been made.
It remains to be seen what will happen with the projected solar farm in NJ, which is in stark contrast to a Delavan, Wisconsin, site. Of course, Wisconsin has a lot more real estate. But what’s unique and interesting about the Convergence Energy solar farm of Lake Geneva is that it is providing opportunities for individual investors to invest in the project, the first such project in the state.
This proposition of allowing individuals to purchase solar panels which are installed on a solar farm instead of on their rooftops makes a lot of sense. One reason is that even though a panel is on the roof, the electricity generated from the sun does not go directly into the home. Instead, the power that’s generated goes into the electrical grid system; and whatever amount of power is produced is credited back to the homeowners to offset their electricity costs.
Investing in solar panels that are placed on a solar farm also means that the investment usually produces better results. Shading doesn’t deter the capture of the sun’s rays on a solar farm. Another advantage is that panels on a solar farm are erected on dual-axis trackers; they rotate throughout the day to track the sun. This activity ultimately generates 30% more power than a solar system that’s fixed in an immovable position on a rooftop.
Convergence has essentially won the hearts of locals by such actions as buying solar panels from a Wisconsin factory. The entire project has a “Wisconsin flavor,” which investors and customers appreciate. There is a lot of excitement over the opportunity to invest in clean energy and build local economies.
Another of the advantages individuals have in buying panels as part of a solar farm instead of for placement on their rooftop is the aesthetic aspect of it. Architects can do a great job of making solar panels look good, but investing in a solar farm means that the buyer’s home is unchanged while garnering the same or even better benefits.
Perhaps if BKB Properties expanded their plans to include more of a community-wide involvement, such as opening things up for individual investors, the solar farm debate would swing more in their direction.
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