Camden’s planned microgrid looks to power key facilities with waste

John McDevitt
December 13, 2018 - 3:48 pm

John McDevitt/KYW Newsradio


CAMDEN, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- A waste to energy microgrid to power key facilities in Camden is in the works. It’s a first in the State of New Jersey.   

The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority will pioneer an innovative financing strategy for the microgrid, which could supply electricity to places like hospitals in the City of Camden.

"Hurricane Sandy is the greatest example in the State of New Jersey because so many of our key institutions were disrupted by that the storm,” says Freeholder Jeff Nash, a liaison to CCMUA. “That is one incident, we can expect similar incidents down the road."

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The plant will enable waste water to create energy, which in turn fuels the utility.

"Flushing the toilet can save the world," he said.

The funding came from the Rockefeller Foundation's Environmental Impact Bond Challenge, which empowers cities to improve community resilience.