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Westville: Few People Complain About PSE&G Solar Panels

By Sara Martino

NEWS Correspondent

The subject of solar power and the recent installation of solar panels on the highway utility poles were discussed during last week’s Westville Borough Council meeting.

Councilman Charles Murtaugh said so far there have not been many questions about the panels.

Borough Administrator William Bittner said energy company research probably shows that there will be no complaints.

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) has installed the 5 by 3 foot panels after receiving a state mandate that the utility service must provide 20 percent of power by the solar method by 2020.

The one-of-a-kind solar power panels have PV cells that can generate an electrical charge to provide 40 megawatts of power that would be conducted into direct current.

Some comments were made that they are unsightly looking but, according to Councilman George Baker, the utility company needs no permission to place the panels as this is their domain.

In other business, Council approved a 15-minute parking enforcement for two parking spaces in front of Bob’s News Shop at 209 and 213 Broadway.

Councilman William Rebel said the enforcement is introduced in title only, and asked for a trial period first to see how the parking works out.

The hours, if approved, will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The owner of the news shop had requested assistance, as he feels cars that are parked there all day interfere with his customer’s parking.

A used car application was discussed and tabled until the applicant, and used car dealer located on Delsea Drive, conforms with site plans requests that must be submitted to the Land Use Board.

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