Tinton Falls Solar Farm, Largest in State, To Open Next Month

Borough will hold groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 31


The largest solar farm in the state, located in Tinton Falls, will open next month.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the site of solar farm, 99 Tormee Drive (Shafto Road).

The $80 million, 19.88 MW, 85,000 ground mounted panel solar farm sits on 100 acres of land and is not only the largest in the state, but one of the largest in the northeast.

Tinton Falls Solar Farm, LLC, a subsidiary of Zongyi Solar America Co. Ltd., purchased the property from Clean Jersey Solar for $5.55 million, or $57,000 per acre, according to the CoStar Group Web site.

The borough's zoning board approved the application in November 2010, with the site subdivided into the solar farm and a non-age restricted townhome development. One of the original proposals for the site was to develop 243 single family units and 61 affordable units with over 1,100 bedrooms. The scaled-down application had 248 two-bedroom units.

The energy generated from this site could power the equivalent of nearly 3,000 homes, which are about two-thirds of the total households in Tinton Falls.  It is estimated that this solar farm will offsets carbon emissions equivalent to nearly 4,000 acres of trees, according to a release from the borough.

Next month's cermemony will be attended by Tinton Falls Mayor Michael Skudera, Tinton Falls Solar Farm LLC CEO Eddie Zeng and local, county and state officials.

bud September 25, 2012 at 09:51 PM
And when they realize they cannot produce competitive energy, they will build another 248+ two bedroom units by claiming "hardship!"
Pete September 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Great job again mayor skudera and council members and thanks for looking out for our schools by lowering the bedroom count!! Nice to have sustainable energy in town too!!
Ipickthingsupandputthemdown September 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Does Skadopy even know where Shafto Road is.....
Johnny September 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM
So sad to see fertile farm land destroyed by solar panel installations. Tinton Falls: you all should be ashamed of yourselves.
Jen S September 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Yea you should be ashamed Tinton Falls to build a solar farm on 100 acres that "offsets carbon emissions equivalent to nearly 4,000 acres of trees" as the article states. What a moronic thing to say Johnny the entire area was vacant for years. This is the best thing this town has done in the 20+ years that I have lived here.
Johnny September 27, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Thanks for helping me make my point, Jen S. As you stated, "the entire area was vacant for years". And you think what is there now is better?! Ignorance is bliss! If you knew anything about solar, you would know the estimates that are claimed are not just unrealistic, they are knowingly inflated just to convince people like you that this solar "farm" will somehow benefit the people of Tinton Falls - some day. Keep dreaming ! I'm really happy for you and glad it's in Tinton Falls and not anywhere near me. Any other "points of brilliance" you'd like to share? Have at it.
Cranky HR Guy September 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM
One minor point of clarification for Johnny - "farmland"? You don't seem to know the geography in question. This area has been an un-used, and totally unproductive area for many years.
Johnny September 27, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Thanks for the clarification Cranky HR Guy but it doesn't really matter. I'm not against solar. What a great way to harness a free and "green" source of much needed energy. The point is that ground mounted solar utilities like this one represent everything that is wrong with solar development in NJ the US. Using valuable and nearly extinct open fields (vacant land or active farms) is a travesty. Doing so is in direct contradiction of the State of NJ's Energy Master Plan which calls for an end to the use of vacant land for the development of solar utilities. According to the EMP, building/warehouse rooftops, landfills and brownfields is where this should be taking place. Read up on the subject. If you did, you would be disturbed about this project. Or at least you should be.
Jen S September 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Johnny very funny. You can't make a profit growing carrots on this land since the land price is way high. That's why a builder was going to put many homes on it to make money. Who comes to this density populated area to farm. You must be confused with the 1800s. Again congrats to the town this is a great thing to see.
Johnny September 27, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I'm done with this and you. Enjoy you unsightly solar panels and the noise pollution from the inverters. The cildren of Tinton Falls will have to grow up with this and will be so proud of the people who "beautified" their town with this project. I'll be sure to avoid Tinton Falls in the future. I'm sure you won't mind.
Land owner September 27, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Of Course its Un educated comments from head in the sand Johnny's that have know idea what their talking about when it comes to this Particular piece of Ground ,The Solar Farm Was the Best Course the town could have taken with only the Expectation of building parks on it which would have lent to spending Millions of the Towns Monies/ your Tax Dollars ! not only for the cost of the land but for its clean up . The land was being used as a dump for years and was Never "FARM Land ! . The Developer Spent multi Millions cleaning it up . What this Guy and others who Make Laws Governing what a landowner can do with HIS or HER land is what is inherently wrong in what made America Strong " Freedom" Which we loose when laws like what Johnny is talking About are past . It not yours or any ones concern what i do or to whom i sell my land to as long as it doesn't effect my Neighbor . If a Farmer has gotten to old to farm the land and he has no one to follow in his footsteps and decides he wants to Retire Who to say he cant sell his land to the Highest Bidder ! If a Town, County , or State body wants to preserve the land let them buy it ! Just because it was farm land before doesn't Mean it cant Change Look Around" New York City was open Ground at one time , Just because you got yours and don't want to Any one else to get theirs , or to look out your Window and see something Else then what was there before is always the problem with people who can't Except Change Everything Changes
Johnny September 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM
kurt March 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM
If anyone thought that this was fertile farm land you are completely incorrect. This was a dump before this project. This land so contaminated that in most areas they had to use extra protective installation for the underground electrical wiring so dont speak unless you know facts. This project was almost halted because how toxic this land was
kurt March 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Its just a jealousy thing obviously because all of your negatives thoughts towards solar, its unsightly appearance, and noise population are so uneducated its ridiculous. I would love to see the chart where it shows the noise pollution of these inverters are even comparable to any other everyday noise pollution such as cars or lawn mowers. Do some research before you make uneducated remarks.


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