Petra Solar to Mount Panels on NJ Utility Poles

John Davis

PetraSolarA solar panel company will be mounting 200,000 smart solar photovoltaic panels on the poles of a New Jersey utility, making it the largest pole-attached solar installation in the world.

This press release from Petra Solar, Inc., says the project to mount the systems on New Jersey’s PSE&G utility poles and street light poles will create 100 green jobs in installation, research and development, operations and manufacturing:

In a contract of about $200 million with PSE&G, Petra Solar will make units for 200,000 poles in New Jersey’s six largest cities and 300 rural and suburban communities in PSE&G’s service territory. Over the 3½ year life of the contract, Petra will add the green jobs to its employee base of 40-plus employees, most of whom work in the company’s South Plainfield headquarters and manufacturing facility.

Shihab Kuran, President and CEO of Petra Solar, said, “This contract is transformational for us. We are tripling in size and will start hiring immediately. We invite those interested in applying for positions to visit the company’s website at”

“Our SunWave™ pole-mounted, grid-connected PV generation system delivers true technological innovation,” Kuran said. “Our product will enable PSE&G to enhance the reliability of its delivery of electricity to customers. ”

Petra’s SunWave system uses a combination of highly distributed, grid connected photovoltaic generation and smart grid communications capabilities, while providing enhancement of electric distribution grid reliability through a host of functions such as voltage support.