Cherry Hill, N.J., officials are considering a solar garden that would be placed on the roof of a CubeSmart self-storage facility at 1820 Frontage Road. Rather than generate power for the storage property, energy would be put back into the grid for community use, according to the source.
The state-initiated pilot program allows residents to opt-in for credits toward their energy bill rather than install solar panels on their homes. If the CubeSmart project is approved, 60 residents would be eligible to sign up. Per the requirements, 51 percent of them must live in low- and moderate-income housing, the source reported.
The township council on Monday approved a resolution in support of having companies bring the program to the municipality. They have until Feb. 5 to apply for participation. “It's important we act as good stewards for our environment for future generations, and I'm excited to see the potential of this pilot program,” said Mayor Susan Shin Angulo.
The Community Solar Energy Pilot Program was created in 2018 under Gov. Phil Murphy. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities formally adopted rules in January 2019.
Based in Malvern, Pa., CubeSmart owns or manages 1,260 self-storage facilities across the United States. Its operating portfolio comprises 86 million square feet.