New Jersey to Six Flags Great Adventure: We'll buy the land you want for a solar farm

Posted Monday, May 11, 2015 8:12 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has come up with a new way to stop Six Flags Great Adventure's controversial plan to destroy some 19,000 trees to build a large solar power facility in Jackson. What it can't block by regulation, the DEP will now try to buy instead.

Read more from The Asbury Park Press.

Monday, May 11, 2015 8:14 AM

This reminds me a little bit of the nutty anti-vax and anti-GMO people. Despite there being a scientifically quantifiable benefit, and some solid capitalism on top of that, people keep opposing this.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 9:34 AM

This is one of the things I hate about living in Jersey. Some of the BS that people in public offices come up with to make it look like they are doing their jobs.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 9:37 AM

What do we want?

Clean energy!

Where do we want it?

Not in my backyard!!

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Monday, May 11, 2015 9:48 AM

Department of Environmental Protection PREVENTION?

Can't say too much about NJ, our DEP isn't even allowed to use the term "climate change."

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Monday, May 11, 2015 10:19 AM

Flori-duh! I love the senator who cracks up at the end. That's classic.

I guess Rick Scott really is "too shady for the Sunshine State!"

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Monday, May 11, 2015 12:31 PM

They should build it over the parking lot.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 1:37 PM

Rick Scott was at the dedication of our new engineering building. All he was missing was his cloak and scythe.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 2:48 PM

Tekwardo said:

They should build it over the parking lot.

They do use the horribly maintained parking lot for other events that I am not sure would be doable if they built the solar farm over it.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 3:37 PM

I was joking.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 4:19 PM

it's not even a nice forest. it's pine barrens. the soil is toxic to most plants besides pine trees. these people are nuts.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 4:46 PM

Well, it is New Jersey.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 5:10 PM

It certainly is possible to build a solar farm over the parking lot. (http://cleantechnica.com/2010/08/03/solar-power-transforms-parking-...enerators/) I'm not certain how practical it would be, but I could even see them selling the spots for a premium "Keep your car cooler by parking under the solar array...) Again, whether it truly is cost effective is a whole different matter.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 9:45 PM

And that's the problem with all the "why don't they *just* build it such-and-such" arguments. If the project costs significantly more, it simply won't happen at all.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 10:55 PM

I can't believe no one has thought of just building it over the parking lot yet.

Sheesh. So obvious.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 11:14 PM

Living in New Jersey i'm used this crap. they should just let them build the solar farm. Also an example of solar farm over a parking lot is at Lincoln Financial Field for the Eagles. Don't worry i hate them, so parking lot solar farming is possible

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:06 AM

I wonder if the power companies are secretly involved with those who oppose the building of this project?

And... Remember the light-up glass solar-paneled roadway invention that was so popular on the internet a few years back? It would be awesome if they paved the entire park and parking lot wit that.! I am dreaming again.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 11:44 AM

I think it would be easier to build it over the roof of the huge resort hotel they have over there.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:37 PM

If the parking lot could support it, it would already be built.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:31 AM

LostKause said:

I wonder if the power companies are secretly involved with those who oppose the building of this project?

With how much cronyism happens in NJ I'm thinking this definitely has something to do with it.

The plan I read was to cut down 19000 trees where they want to place the solar farm and then plant 26000 trees on their land to replace the lost environmental benefits of the 19000 trees that were being cut down. I'm not a environmental scientist but if all the studies show this to be true. Then I'd bet some company that is losing out due to the project is trying to block it via any means possible so as to save their cash influx from the park.

Now all we need is Fat Bastard Governor to make an appearance at Six Flags to state his views on this and we could really have a Jersey Circus going on.

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