World's largest distributed solar project is on... NJ pole-tops?!?


Why fuss with roof-top solar when you can use pole-tops instead? New Jersey's Public Service Electric & Gas will soon conclude the installation of 175,000 solar panels on its power poles in New Jersey. The $200-million project will eventually supply 40 MW for the utility.


"The beauty of the panels is that there are no capital costs - we already own the poles," said PSE&G President and COO Ralph LaRossa to the Wall Street Journal. The utility must generate 3.5% of its electricity from solar by 2021 to meet a requirement set by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.


Technology provider Petra Solar called the panels on poles "the largest distributed solar electric project being deployed in the world today." You can read more at or view a short video of the installation on page 2.


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