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5 renewable energy developments illustrate creative solutions to old problems. #Solar #Wind #Biomass #Geothermal #Hydro

The ubiquitous utility pole stands proudly as an example of a necessary, yet perhaps unsightly, addition to the modern world. When they were going up, there may have been some groans. But, really, do we even notice them anymore? Petra Solar is attempting to go the way of the utility pole in an effort to ingrain renewable energy into neighborhoods across its home state of New Jersey. And it's doing this by jumping onto the back of those poles, quite literally. The five-year-old solar company is behind a 40-MW project being installed for PSE&G, the largest utility in New Jersey. There are no solar farms or sprawling rooftop installations, but rather individual 220-watt modules mounted 15 feet up on utility poles across a wide swath of the state. In all, PSE&G is installing between 180,000 and 200,000 units — one pole at a time — in the 300 towns and cities that the utility s...

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