Having received the approval, the company plans to begin construction on the project in first quarter of 2011.

The company, which is also evaluating the western site of Upper Pittsgrove Township for the development of solar farm, however, has not obtained preliminary site plan approval from the Land Use Board for the second 422 acre tract.

Robert Demos, president and CEO of Atlantic Green Power, said: “Final approval for the development of the eastern site of our Upper Pittsgrove solar farm is a landmark decision for both the immediate community and the state.

“We commend the Land Use Board for ensuring the appropriate pathways are in place to support climate-friendly solar development and for recognizing that this utility-scale solar project will not only help meet the state’s renewable standards, but will also help us reduce our dependence on fossil fuels as a nation.”