The 60-acre GEMS landfill in Gloucester Township, Camden County, was as soon as probably the most infamous Superfund websites in New Jersey, contaminating a close-by stream and soil with unstable natural compounds, arsenic, barium, lead, and pesticides. Though the positioning has been closed since 1980 and principally cleaned up since 2004, it nonetheless juts 100 toes above the native panorama as an emblem of the poorly managed landfills that after dotted many South Jersey cities.
On Wednesday, officers held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a 4.5-megawatt capability photo voltaic array off Hickstown and New Brooklyn Erial Roads that they are saying will produce sufficient power to energy a whole bunch of properties. Building will begin Nov. 19 and is scheduled to complete by spring. “At present … Gloucester Township takes a big leap ahead in not solely defending our surroundings, but in addition taking one of many first Superfund websites within the nation, and making that web site a beacon of sustainability,” stated Mayor David R. Mayer.
The system will probably be constructed by Syncarpha Capital in partnership with Blue Sky Energy, an power guide, and the township. The venture entails constructing a 25-acre photovoltaic photo voltaic era system on prime of the present cap for the landfill. Gear contains modules, inverters, transformers, wiring, conduits, metal and aluminum racks, and rocks for ballast.