Solar Power Station Helps to Power Gas Pipeline Compressor Station

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Solar Power Station Helps to Power Gas Pipeline Compressor Station

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 15:37
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Lambertville Solar Project (copyright by Merit SI)
Lambertville Solar Project (copyright by Merit SI)

Merit SI, a leading sustainable infrastructure company based in Houston, announced that it has finished building the nation’s first solar power plant for an interstate natural gas pipeline compressor station.

The station, which is located in New Jersey, is owned by the Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Energy and will serve Texas Eastern Transmission LP, a subsidiary of Enbridge.

As reported in the Houston Chronicle, the 2.25 MW AC project, located in West Amwell Township, N.J., at Texas Eastern’s Lambertville Compressor Station, is estimated to reduce associated GHG emission by 58,500 metric tons over its operating life and ease the electric transmission grid during high demand, higher cost, summer months.

“Powering our compressor stations in part with behind-the-meter solar helps us manage electricity costs and improve our environmental performance. Additionally, these projects bring incremental economic development into the communities we serve,” said Caitlin Tessin, Director of Market Innovation at Enbridge.

Tom Kuster, Merit SI C.E.O., stated, “Enbridge is at the forefront of integrating renewable energy infrastructure into its existing pipeline network, and we are honored to have partnered with them on this important demonstration of its midstream energy industry leadership.”

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