The College of New Jersey hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning to deliver 2 MW of solar power on five solar arrays in parking lots and on building roofs.
Greenskies Clean Focus has funded the projects at no upfront cost to TCNJ, which will buy crowdsourced energy from Greenskies at a low, fixed rate for the next fifteen years. Greenskies will also provide ongoing management and maintenance.
In total, about 5,000 solar photovoltaic panels were installed on the roofs:
- Brower Student Center (341 kW)
- Packer Hall (137.8 kW)
- Armstrong Hall (338.3 kW)
- Decker Hall (142.9 kW)
- Parking canopies in parking lots 4 and 5 (1,115.6 kW)
All energy generated from the new solar arrays will be used to power the campus and reduce the college’s energy costs. The college is estimated to save more than $408,000 annually.
“This is an important milestone in the college’s progress toward carbon neutrality, and when combined with our other efforts to reduce demand through energy conservation, will ensure the college is both sustainable and resilient for the world our students will thrive in,” said Paul Romano, the senior student. director, sustainability and energy management at TCNJ.
TCNJ partners with Greenskies through a carefully vetted process and a short list of potential vendors developed by the New Jersey Treasury Department as potential organizations to perform this important work.
“I want to thank the professionals in the Treasury Department’s Property Management and Construction Division and Purchasing and Property Division for their hard work and foresight in developing a government contract that allows institutions like TCNJ to reduce their energy costs while reducing their addiction. fossil fuels,” said Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio. “Our institutions of higher education play a critical role in achieving the Murphy administration’s goal of a 100% clean energy New Jersey by 2035, and we congratulate TCNJ for their leadership in taking this important step today.”
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