Pemberton Solar Project — New Jersey

February–April 2017

Riggs Distler was the prime contractor charged with installing a 20MWdc photovoltaic solar system to deliver green power to the residents of central New Jersey. The project involved:

  • Surveying
  • Module rack installations
  • Installation of 56,300 Hyundai 355-watt solar panels
  • BOS installation
  • Civil engineering, communications, and utility work
  • Design input from initial concept to finished product

The energy generated by the system was exported into the local electric grid to earn solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) for the client.

Challenges Overcome

Riggs Distler’s team faced several unique concerns on this project, including an accelerated schedule and unique environmental concerns. Due to the presence of American Bald Eagle nests in the project area, our team coordinated heavily with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. In order to allow the project to proceed as scheduled while avoiding potential effects to the protected species, combiner boxes, MV feeders, and other system infrastructure were moved outside of the nesting areas so that the network could be installed and energized before the project deadline. Once the eagles left their nests, our team was able to install the remaining racking and modules and connect strings to the combiners.

Results Delivered

By helping to redesign the original project plans, Riggs Distler was able to complete the installation and energize 17MW of the 20MW capacity prior to the project deadline, despite the environmental concerns and potential delays. The remaining 3MW was installed in May and June of 2017.

Riggs Distler provided all of the necessary project services in-house. The solar array is now online, producing 20MW of clean energy that powers approximately 2,100 homes in the Pemberton area every year. This project and the unique solutions devised by Riggs Distler were featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Top Solar Contractors.