The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) has announced plans to expedite the first phase of a planned 5 MW solar array with a 700 kW solar energy grid on NJMC properties.
NJMC has selected Epuron LLC, a subsidiary of Conergy, to install photovoltaic panels on property adjacent to the NJMC administrative building. The agency and Epuron will negotiate a power purchase agreement to maximize the financial benefits of the system, NJMC adds.
‘At the forefront of regional policymaking efforts to combat global climate problems is the need to locate clean, renewable energy sources,’ says Susan Bass Levin, NJMC chairwoman and commissioner of the department of community affairs. ‘Today, we take the lead in demonstrating how these technologies are both environmentally responsible and economically beneficial.’
Additionally, the new Meadowlands Center for Scientific and Environmental Observation will fulfill much of its daytime power requirements through rooftop solar panels. According to NJMC, the building, a 10,000 square-foot classroom and laboratory facility opening in late 2007, will include an energy monitoring kiosk to offer students the opportunity to study the generation and distribution of solar energy.