County Announces Renewable Energy Project at GCC & GCIT to be paid for by private industry
(Sewell, NJ) -- Gloucester County Freeholder Director and Freeholder Lyman Barnes announced today that solar energy projects at Gloucester County College and Gloucester County Institute of Technology will save the schools approximately $2.1 million over 15 years and require no capital from the schools or the county.
At a groundbreaking ceremony today for the two projects, a 12-acre solar field at GCC that will generate 3.7 million kw/hours annually, and a 603 Kw/hour annually roof mounted system at GCIT, the Freeholders, Senate President Steve Sweeney and school officials lauded the renewable energy project that will be funded by Marina Energy.
Freeholder Director Damminger said, “This environmentally responsible energy production will help lower energy costs at both institutions and also create stability in utility costs. By developing this partnership with private industry, the taxpayers of our county will save and our environment will be healthier.”
Damminger said that the construction value of the project was $1.9 million that will be funded by Marina Energy, who can in-turn take advantage of various federal tax energy credits and Solar Renewable Energy Certificates.
Senate President Steve Sweeney said, “Solar and renewable energy production is key to powering the future economy here in the Garden State.” Sweeney is an author of the law that stabilized New Jersey’s solar market, encourages development of solar installations in the state, and provides a boost in solar-related jobs.
Freeholder Lyman Barnes, liaison to the Department of Education said that schools would own their systems and panels after 15 years for $1, and in the interim save about $190,000 per year for 15 years on energy costs. The systems operational life-span is 40 years.
Barnes said, “In addition to the savings and the benefit to our environment, $50,000 has been put aside by Marina Energy to develop curriculum for the STEM program to study and learn about solar photovoltaic systems. This will enhance our students and faculties’ first hand familiarity with renewable energy and how it is a win for the environment and a win for the cost of doing business.” STEM is the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program at GCC.
The GCC 12-acre solar field will be located behind Parking Lot D, and the roof-mounted system at GCIT will go on each building with the exception of the pool building. Along with the $50,000 for curriculum development, car charging stations and an informational kiosk to provide real time data will a also be constructed at the college.
The project developer is Marina Energy and Ray Angelini, Inc. is the installer of the project that was negotiated by the Gloucester County Improvement Authority on behalf of GCC and GCIT. Construction is anticipated to be completed by mid-December. Ray Angelini Inc. will maintain the project for the 15 year term.