Clean Energy Investments

SJI is a leader in clean energy, energy efficiency and carbon reduction initiatives, allowing us to expand on our progress while continuing to deliver on our mission to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy. Investing in these initiatives is essential to our efforts in innovating our business and creating opportunities that enable us to achieve our State's vision of a clean energy future.

Renewable Energy Development

Since last year, SJI has made significant strides in meeting its clean energy goals by developing renewable energy projects – a cornerstone of its strategic sustainability approach.

Dairy Farm Renewable Energy Facilities

Oakridge Dairy - management in actionAlongside development partner REV LNG, LLC, SJI Renewable Energy Ventures has broken ground on eight renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities including four in Michigan, three in upstate New York, and one at Connecticut’s largest dairy farm. In addition, six large facilities are planned to enter the construction phase later this year across Minnesota and South Dakota.
Michigan Dairy - management in actionSJI and REV LNG hold additional development rights for a total portfolio of up to 40 dairy farms. Upon entering service, the 40 SJI dairy RNG projects will offset nearly 25 million gallons of gasoline – equivalent to the consumption of nearly 50,000 passenger vehicles – in a single year. As a result of its partnership with REV LNG in this area of strategic importance, SJI is now well-positioned to become a national leader in waste-to-energy projects by 2025.

Linden Renewable Energy Project

SJI’s subsidiary, Elizabethtown Gas, recently announced its partnership with RNG Energy Solutions to build an interconnection between the developer’s organic food waste anaerobic digester project in Linden, NJ, and the utility’s natural gas supply. Once operational, this $330M project will supply Elizabethtown Gas customers with locally sourced renewable natural gas and will produce the energy equivalent of replacing 28,400 gallons of gasoline each day with a renewable fuel source.

Fuel Cell Development

Fuel CellConsistent with our commitment to a clean energy future, SJI announced the formation of Catamaran Renewables (Catamaran), a joint venture between SJI’s subsidiary Marina Energy and renewable industry leader Captona, to develop, own and operate renewable energy projects. In partnership with Captona and as part of the Catamaran joint venture, SJI has acquired three fuel cell projects – two in Staten Island, NY, and one in Bronx, NY, which will produce a total 12.5 MW when the second project reaches commercial operations in 2022. Together, the fuel cell projects comprise 12.5 MW of installed capacity and qualify under New York's Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) program. Learn more here.

Green Hydrogen

Solar panelsIn 2020, SJI announced a partnership with Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores) to collaborate on a green hydrogen pilot program, which will research, monitor, and analyze hydrogen technology deployment and natural gas blending in New Jersey.

SJI and Atlantic Shores entered a memorandum of understanding to explore the production of "green hydrogen", a renewable energy source that can be blended with our supply to lower carbon intensity. The Atlantic Shores wind farm is expected to enter the construction phase in 2024. Learn more here.

Solar panelsIn 2021, South Jersey Gas cut the ribbon on its New Sentury Pump Station in South Harrison Township, NJ. This $69 million infrastructure project improves reliability for customers by maintaining consistent pressure in the natural gas distribution system in the event of severe weather or a man-made disruption. At this same location, SJI is designing an electrolyzer that will produce green hydrogen and deliver it to the South Jersey Gas distribution system in 2023.

Solar Development

Solar panelsSJI has completed the installation of numerous solar arrays at its corporate headquarters and field operations facilities. SJI Energy Enterprises, SJI’s non-regulated, clean energy-focused subsidiary, acquired in December 2021 a 5.66 MW solar and 5.2 MWh battery storage facility in Agawam, Massachusetts through Catamaran Renewables, and recently brought on-line a brown-field solar array at a landfill in Florence Township, NJ.