Wind and solar power

Bills to expand wind energy zones in New Jersey and to encourage more use of solar energy, and to change how it is subsidized, are up for consideration by the state Legislature Jan. 4, 2018. This file photo shows wind turbines and solar panels at the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility in Atlantic City in 2015.

The Pinelands Commission has approved a plan for Onyx Renewable Partners to build a $1.4 million ground-mounted solar energy facility at Atlantic City International Airport.

It will provide 0.85 megawatts of electricity for two South Jersey Transportation Authority buildings, SJTA Chief Engineer Stephen Mazur said.

Onyx will build and operate it, and sell electricity back to the SJTA at a reduced rate. The company was chosen through a Request for Proposals process, Mazur said.

SJTA did not want to have to maintain and run the facility, he said, so it chose to partner with a business.

The facility will cover about 2.5 acres, Mazur said, and provide electricity to both a fire and rescue building and a snow-equipment building.

It is part of a 2,381-acre grassy area, according to the commission, in an area designated for development such as aircraft maintenance hangars, air freight warehouses and aircraft taxiways. It is in a Pinelands designated Military/Federal Installation Area.

Onyx plans to build an underground stormwater infiltration facility and replant the area with drought-tolerant grasses to comply with commission standards, the commission said in its approval.

The commission wasn’t able to live stream its monthly meeting last Friday, because it still didn’t have internet service after a nor’easter hit two days before the meeting, spokesman Paul Leakan said.

The commission was closed Wedneday and Thursday, due to not having heat or electricity, Leakan said. Those were restored by Friday, but the internet connection didn’t come back until after the meeting ended.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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