Enbridge Inc. said Tuesday it has launched construction on a 2.25 MW solar photovoltaic project that will power the company’s Lambertville compressor station in New Jersey.
The project marks the first time that an interstate natural gas pipeline in North America will use solar energy to power a compressor station, the company said.
Calgary-based Enbridge said the Lambertville solar project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 58,500 metric tons, equal to taking 12,640 cars off the road over the project’s lifetime.
Construction on the roughly $7 million project began in May 2020, with facilities expected to enter service in Fall 2020, Enbridge said.
The project “brings together natural gas and renewables, working together to deliver energy in a more sustainable manner,” said Enbridge’s Caitlin Tessin, director of market innovation.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW) Wayne DeAngelo, assistant business manager, praised the project for providing jobs “during an otherwise trying time for essential construction in New Jersey.”
Enbridge transports about 25% of the crude oil shipped in North America and about 20% of the natural gas consumed in the United States, according to a March presentation.
The company also has three offshore wind farms in operation in Europe with combined gross capacity of about 1 GW, and is slated to bring two more with capacities of 480 MW and 500 MW into operation in late 2022 and 2023, respectively.
Fellow North American pipeline giant Williams said in May that it planned to develop a slew of utility-scale solar projects with installed capacities ranging from 1 MW to 40 MW to power its natural gas transmission and processing operations, part of a larger aspirational goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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