December 2009 - Mars Chocolate North America announced the completion of a 2.15 megawatt solar garden at its Hackettstown, N.J. headquarters, where M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies are manufactured. The solar garden's peak electric output is equivalent to approximately 20 percent of the plant's peak demand. The facility is composed of more than 28,000 ground-mounted First Solar thin film panels and is located on 18 acres adjacent to the company's headquarters.
The project was constructed by Juwi Solar Inc. and is owned by PSEG Solar Source, a subsidiary of PSEG, which has contracted to sell the entire output to Mars and will retain ownership of the renewable energy certificates (RECs).
News Release - MARS and PSEG Solar Source Celebrate Completion of New Solar Garden
Additional Information - Solar garden press kit
PSEG Contact: Jenn Kramer, 973-430-6027
Mars Chocolate North America Contact: Lauren Nodzak, 908-850-2291
October 2005 - The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced the start of a new program through which the state's retail electric customers can purchase renewable energy without switching electricity suppliers. Under the CleanPower Choice Program, residential and business customers can enroll by checking a box on their utility bills and selecting from among renewable energy products offered by four marketers: Community Energy, Green Mountain Energy Company, Jersey-Atlantic Wind, and Sterling Planet. The program began October 1 in the PSE&G and JCP&L service territories and will expand to Atlantic City Electric and Orange & Rockland Utilities in April 2006. The products available through the program are as follows:
Community Energy is offering a blend of wind (50%), low-impact hydro (49%), and solar (1%) at a rate premium of 1.3¢/kWh.
Green Mountain Energy is offering a blend of wind (50%), and small hydro (50%) sourced in the region at a premium of 0.9¢/kWh.
Jersey-Atlantic Wind is offering a blend of New Jersey-based wind (50%) and low-impact hydro (50%) at a premium of 2.9¢/kWh. The company is also offering a 100% New Jersey-based wind product in 100-kWh monthly increments for $5.50, or a premium of 5.5¢/kWh.
Sterling Planet is offering a blend of new wind (33%), small hydro (33%), and new bioenergy (34%) from sources in the Mid-Atlantic states at a premium of 1.2¢/kWh. Customers can elect to purchase the product to meet 50% or 100% of their electricity usage.
News Release - Acting Governor Codey Declares October "Clean Energy Month in New Jersey"
News Article - Would You Pay More for Clean Energy?
More Information - New Jersey CleanPower Choice Program
NJ BPU Contact: Anne Marie McShea, (609) 777-3300