Double Wind Power, Save Nearly $7 Billion Per Year In Mid-Atlantic US
cleantechnica.com | May 13, 2013
Adding more wind power to the grid in the PJM region can lower gas and coal consumption and reduce regional wholesale energy market prices, saving nearly $7 billion per year in the mid-2020s, according to a new study conducted by Synapse Energy Economics on behalf of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG). The report found that doubling the wind generation already planned in the region would lower fuel costs and drive down prices by $1.74 per megawatt hour (MWh) in the largest wholesale competitive energy market in the world, PJM, which includes all or parts of 13 states and Washington, DC. The savings also extend into the regions interconnected with PJM.
PSE&G’s $446M solar energy investment would utilize landfills, brownfields
NJ.com | April 30, 2013
To solar energy developers, New Jersey’s thousands of acres of brownfields and hundreds of landfills represent a vast untapped resource in a state starving for open space. But because of economic, environmental and logistical hurdles, landfills and brownfields account for just a tiny fraction of the more than 20,000 solar projects installed in New Jersey with the help of subsidy credits.
Verizon Plans Solar Panels in Basking Ridge, 18 Other Facilities
Basking Ridge Patch | April 30, 2013
Verizon announced on Tuesday that it will invest $100 million in a solar and fuel-cell energy project that will help power 19 of its facilities in seven states, including the Verizon Center facility off North Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge.
When completed next year, the project will enable Verizon to annually generate more than 70 million kilowatt hours of its own green energy, which the company noted is enough to power more than 6,000 single-family homes a year, while eliminating more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, said an announcement from the company. That is enough to offset the annual CO2 emissions from more than one million gallons of gas.
Companies Betting Big on New Jersey’s Offshore Wind
NBC Philadelphia | April 24, 2013
Progress toward building wind farms off the coast of New Jersey has been slower than some wind developers and environmental advocates had hoped.
Lease applications for the federal waters off the coast of the Garden State aren’t expected to be released until next year. But already, businesses in related industries are hustling to capitalize on an offshore wind boom.
IKEA converts South Jersey site to solar power
Phildelphia Business Journal | April 24, 2013
IKEA plugged in a new solar-energy system at its South Jersey distribution site, the housewares retailer said Wednesday.
More than 15,600 solar panels were installed at the Westampton, N.J., site, covering half a million square feet.
Port of Paulsboro could be construction site for off-shore wind structures
NJ.com | April 23, 2013
PAULSBORO — The results of a feasibility study regarding the Port of Paulsboro’s ability to be a construction site for a massive wind energy project that is being planned for off the coast of New Jersey were released Tuesday.
Atlantic Wind Connection commissioned the study, which measured the feasibility of constructing converter platforms for the New Jersey Energy Link at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, also known as the Port of Paulsboro.
The study found that the port would be an ideal site for the construction project.
Energy project at Paulsboro terminal would create jobs
NJBiz.com | April 23, 2013
A study by Bechtel, commissioned by the Atlantic Wind Connection, found that it is feasible to build 20,000-ton converter platforms for the New Jersey Energy Link at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal.
Building the first converter could create 500 to 600 jobs over the 19-month construction period, and a total of 1,980 jobs would be created during the construction and installation of all three phases over the next 10 years, according to a release. The work would begin in 2016 if it passes legislation in the fall, and the first phase would be in service in 2019.
Virtual Solar PPA co-developers to showcase NJ Grid-tied solar energy project solutions at NJCM
AltEnergyMag.com | April 12, 2013
Red Bank, NJ – April 12, 2013 – Community Green Energy, LLC. and Alternative Utility Services, Inc., announced today that they will be present to discuss Municipal Energy Aggregation and the resulting renewable energy benefits, options and solutions at the New Jersey Conference of Mayors Spring Conference on Thursday, April 25 and Friday April 26, 2013. They will be at Booth #219.
Municipal Energy Aggregation allows communities to aggregate the electric loads of all the residents to choose their electric supply including renewable energy components to support the community’s sustainability goals.
NJ May Start Funding Renewable Energy Energy Storage
The state of New Jersey may start funding renewable energy storage projects. This comes at the same time that the state is cutting renewable energy funding down to $7.5 million for 2014 for solar, biomass, hydroelectric, and onshore wind power.
This appears to be more of a shift of funding to help accommodate the more efficient use of solar and wind power. New Jersey will be able to get more out of their existing wind and solar farms by doing this because they can capture surplus wind and solar energy that would otherwise be curtailed.
Somerset County’s solar powered building returns to solar energy use
NJ.com | March 31, 2013
When the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center was built in 1976, it was one of the first educational buildings in the country to have solar panels as one of the primary features. To enhance the use of solar energy, the 18,000 sq. ft. building faces 14 degrees east of south, perfect positioning for solar energy.
Funding for the original solar panel installation was provided by the Energy Research and Development Administration. The original panels were effective for over 20 years, with the system compromised due to roof leaks and difficulty locating replacement parts.
NJ drives 1/3 of US solar, adds 33% to state grid
FierceEnergy.com | March 25, 2013
New research reports that solar is the fastest growing energy source in the U.S. at a record setting 3,313 MW of solar PV installed in 2012, according to a report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research — growing the market 34 percent from $8.6 billion in 2011 to $11.5 billion in 2012.
New Jersey added more than 33 percent to its power grid in 2012 and was solely responsible for almost one-third of the country’s non-residential installations, including business, government and non-profit, surpassing 1 GW of installed capacity for the state. New Jersey ranks third in the nation for solar installations — one of just three states that have hit the 1 GW mark. California and Arizona rank first and second, respectively.
Petra Solar Wants To Solve A Basic Problem For The Industry
BusinessInsider.com | March 27, 2013
It is hard to believe that New Jersey, a state where only 3 in 8 days are sunny, is the second largest solar energy producing state, after California.
While New Jersey lacks California’s large population and sunnier weather, the state has developed other strategies to harness solar power.
Petra Solar, a solar energy technology company that pairs its “smart energy modules” with other vendors’ solar panels, has emerged as one of the success stories of the New Jersey’s solar power revolution.
Interactive Map: Charting New Jersey’s Energy Efficiency Projects
NJSpotlight.com | March 22, 2013
New Jersey has been spending about $1.3 million a month for energy efficiency improvements at small businesses, schools, and municipal facilities through the Direct Install program.
Between May 2010 and September 2012, the state paid more than $37.7 million for more energy-efficient lighting, refrigeration, heating and air conditioning, and other items, according to data from the Board of Public Utilities. Nearly 1,600 companies and government bodies participated in the program, which works out to an average just shy of $25,000 apiece. The grants, which cover 70 percent of the cost of the work, range from as little as $229 for a small Montclair business to $259,000 for nine township-owned properties in Middletown.
In Jersey, Solar Is How The Presses Roll
EarthTechling.com | March 22, 2013
That’s a hefty job, since in addition to printing The Record, the plant prints other North Jersey Media Group publications as well as USA Today, The Journal News,Poughkeepsie Journal, New Jersey Herald, Investor’s Business Daily and all the publications of Greater Media Newspapers.
It took a mammoth 5-megawatt system, consisting of 20,400 panels on carports, roofs and grounds surrounding the company’s 350,000 square-foot plant, to do the job, the company said.
Officials: Solar energy use saves school district thousands
The South Jersey Sun | March 21, 2013
Medford Township School District began its solar project in 2005. The system has been active and providing power for a year.
According to operations and maintenance supervisor Joseph Biluck, the project is saving the district approximately $330,000 per year.
The system was installed by a third party through a power purchase agreement and is not owned by the district. Nautilus of Summit, N.J., maintains and is responsible for the system.
New Jersey surpasses 1 gigawatt of installed solar energy
NJ.com | March 19, 2013
New Jersey’s solar industry surpassed 1 gigawatt of installed energy, the state Board of Public Utilities announced today.
The more than 20,300 solar projects installed statewide with the help of subsidy credits include residences, businesses and government facilities, along with landfills and brownfields, according to a BPU news release detailing the milestone.
One gigawatt is enough solar electricity to power 139,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Solis Partners Completes 1.82 MW Solar Installation at NJ Distribution Center
ParamusPost.com | March 14, 2013
Solis Partners, a leading commercial solar developer, recently completed a 1.82 MW rooftop solar electric system at Freeze’s manufacturing and distribution facility in Dayton, NJ.
Solis Partners designed, engineered and constructed the solar PV system on the roof of the 320,000-square-foot facility. The system operates under a full service PPA allowing Freeze to receive all the benefits of onsite solar electric generation without any capital cost.
Princeton cuts energy use, costs through projects big and small
Princeton.edu | March 14, 2013
In a small room tucked in a corner of Princeton University’s MacMillan Building, computer screens cover the wall and line desktops, each displaying a colorful cornucopia of data used to monitor campus energy equipment and limit the University’s energy consumption.
Without leaving their seats, Facilities staff can use the computers to remotely turn off air conditioning in empty classrooms across campus or inspect one of the hundreds of fume hoods in Frick Chemistry Laboratory to ensure it is ventilating properly.
Clean Energy Alliance’s NJIT Client WattLots Is Changing The Shape Of Solar – Innovative Solar Parking Lot System Installed In New Jersey
DailyMarkets.com | March 5, 2013
Clean Energy Alliance, Inc., (CEA) announced that in January, WattLots LLC completed the installation of its groundbreaking Power Arbor(TM) parking lot system at Runnells Specialized Hospital in Berkeley Heights, NJ. WattLots, a client of CEA member NJIT Enterprise Development Center, has created a solar parking lot system that changes the shape of solar.
Union County Wins Award for Major Solar Project
NewJerseyNewsroom.com | March 1, 2013
Look up, way up, and you may see something interesting in Union County. Atop dozens of otherwise drab municipal buildings, 31 solar energy installations provide power to 15 different jurisdictions. It’s not just passer-byers who have noticed the paneling; the county just won the 2013 Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award.
The honor, one of three given by two major solar power organizations, Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Electric Power Association, is the latest sign of of success for the Union County Solar Initiative.
UPS delivers on the sun in New Jersey
CleanEnergyAuthority.com | February 21, 2013
On Feb. 19 UPS said it is adding in more solar with two new 1.2 megawatt rooftop solar PV installations at its Parsippany and Secaucus locations in New Jersey. The former was completed last fall and the latter will be completed in Spring 2013. The shipping giant said it chose to go solar in New Jersey because the investment made sense there.
“The equipment and design was sourced directly by UPS,” said William Moir, UPS’s Facilities energy program manager. “The field installation was handled by local electrical or roofing firms through a competitive bid process.” UPS chose to own the systems outright rather than get them through a third-party lease or power purchase agreement. By choosing a direct ownership approach the company said it uncovered valuable best practices to produce a strong return on its investment in current and future developments. The company chose New Jersey as its test market because of the state’s incentives.
$2 million in grants, loans lure New York green energy company to Hoboken
NJ.com | February 20, 2013
HOBOKEN – With the help of almost $2 million worth of state grants and loans, a New York-based software company that promotes renewable energy has moved to Hoboken.
Locus Energy moved from New York to new offices at 2 Hudson Place in Hoboken in December, bringing with it a staff of 15 to Hoboken, and plans to create up to 20 new jobs in the state over the next two years, company officials said.
“With an ideal location and an open floor plan, our new space in Hoboken will allow us to be more collaborative, inclusive and dynamic as we work to maximize the efficiency and transparency of energy monitoring for our clients,” said Locus Energy CEO and Founder Michael Herzig.
New Clean Energy rebates available for replacing storm-damaged equipment
ShoreNewsToday.com | February 4, 2013
The Christie administration announced Monday, Jan. 28 that enhanced financial incentives are available to help victims rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.
The N.J. Board of Public Utilities has increased rebate levels and expanded the list of qualifying equipment and products under New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program to help residents, businesses and local government entities replace storm-damaged equipment and appliances with products that are more energy efficient.
Middlesex County to save millions in electricity costs with solar panels
NJ.com | January 27, 2013
Middlesex County is going green in a big way.
An energy company has installed more than 25,000 solar panels at the county’s Apple Orchard Lane complex in North Brunswick — enough to power the entire complex of seven buildings, which includes the county jail, county archives, youth detention center, highways and bridges building, public property and central vehicle buildings, and county sheriff’s substation.
Atlantic Wind Connection Chooses New Jersey for Phase I Offshore Transmission Backbone
Clean Technica | January 17, 2013
Winds off the extensive coasts of the US hold enormous potential, not only as sources of clean, renewable energy, but as a natural resource base that can power sustainable socioeconomic development. Altering the course of US energy policy after decades of supporting the fossil fuel industry, the Obama administration has managed to put in place the policies and institutional framework and is capitalizing on it.
Military base installs solar for community residents
Get Solar | January 15th, 2013
The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a United States military facility located about 18 miles southeast of Trenton, New Jersey, will be getting new solar panels installed to help provide electricity to homeowners. The 12.3 megawatt solar rooftop project is expected to be completed by the middle of this year, and a source close to the project told the Burlington County Times he was looking ‘forward to seeing the military community provided with ‘world-class’ energy savings.’
New Jersey Chosen For First Leg of Atlantic Wind Connection
SustainableBusiness.com | January 15, 2013
Plans are underway for the first leg of the Atlantic Wind Connection, the transmission line that would bring energy from offshore wind to the mid-atlantic states.
Developers have zeroed in on New Jersey for the first leg, where a 189-mile segment would run from Jersey City to south of Atlantic City. The cost is expected to be $1.3 billion, and it would have benefits beyond carrying wind energy.
New Jersey Demonstrates Impressive Solar Rankings in 2012
Getsolar.com | January 4, 2013
New Jersey was recognized in 2012 as having one of the fastest-growing solar industries in the nation. According to Clean Energy Authority, New Jersey beat out California in terms of solar industry growth – an impressive feat seeing as how Jersey is more than 20 times smaller than the sunny, West Coast state.
Just Energy enters financing agreement for several solar projects in New Jersey
Pennenergy.com | January 2, 2013
Just Energy Group Inc. (JE.TO)(JE) is pleased to announce that its subsidiary’s solar business (Hudson Energy Solar), has entered into financing arrangements with Seminole Financial Services, LLC (Seminole) and another institutional lender. The initial funding is for several solar projects under development in New Jersey. This financing arrangement will allow Hudson Energy Solar to complete the projects as well as utilize much of the tax incentives available for renewable energy projects.
2012 was a hot year for the Garden State, how’s NJ looking in 2013?
Clean Energy Authority | December 28, 2012
In 2012 New Jersey was recognized as the fastest growing market for solar, beating out California, a state more than 20 times its size and traditionally the largest market for solar in the U.S. That may not happen in 2013 as purchase prices for the state’s solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) remain low and incentives tighten. That’s according to one industry insider.
Clean energy program offers rebates for high-efficiency appliances
NJ.com | November 28, 2012
Rebates are available from the Clean Energy Program to residents who purchase high-efficiency appliances and equipment.
Case for Bankrolling Clean Energy in New Jersey Gets Big Boost
East Windsor Patch | November 1, 2012
New Jersey isn’t the only state ramping up spending for developing cleaner electricity.
In 2011, more state-funded renewable projects—32,734—were installed than in any other single year, according to a study by the Clean Energy States Alliance, a national nonprofit organization reflecting the use of public funds.
BPU commissioner: New Jersey a leader in renewable energy
NJ.com | October 26, 2012
HACKETTSTOWN — In 1999 there were just six solar panel installations in New Jersey.
Today, there are over 17,000 installations state-wide, and that deserves applause, said the commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Joseph Fiordaliso at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
New Jersey company installing largest transparent solar roof
Clean Energy Authority | October 23, 2012
Pharmaceutical company Novartis is installing the largest transparent solar roof in the country on its new corporate headquarters building going up in East Hanover, New Jersey.
Middle to Save $20k on Town Hall Utilities
Cape May County Herald | October 17, 2012
As part of the continuing effort to lower the costs of local government, Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood announced plans to upgrade the utilities in Town Hall. Projected savings from the project could be as much as twenty thousands dollars a year in energy costs.
St. Peter’s University in Jersey City launches major clean energy project
NJ.com | October 9, 2012
Tucked away in a corner of the cafeteria in Dineen Hall at St. Peter’s University is a glass-enclosed office with 10 television screens that university officials say is the “brain” of their new effort to become a clean-energy leader.
Township Considering Participation in Direct Install Program to Help Cover Costs of Energy Upgrades
Galloway Patch | October 1, 2012
Atlantic City Electric is offering a total of $104,629 in grant money for energy upgrades to three buildings in the township’s municipal complex, according to numbers released by Galloway Township Manager Arch Liston.
Energy incentives represent boon for Old Bridge
Suburban | September 27, 2012
During the Sept. 24 Township Council meeting, officials passed a resolution granting consulting engineers Pennoni Associates Inc. $30,975 for their continued service with the township’s energy reduction project.
However, some of that money will be reimbursed through the state, according to officials.
Calling it a budget-neutral capital project, Mayor Henry Owen said the energy project will be self-funding through a combination of NJ Clean Energy incentives and financing programs.
Slow start to solar’s stability
NJ BIZ | September 24, 2012
After months of consternation and a back-and-forth bill-drafting process, Gov. Chris Christie in July signed a bill to revive the state’s solar market.
Michael Flett, president of Flett Exchange, says the rate of solar installations will slow to match new portfolio requirements.
The legislation was designed to lend stability to an industry that had quickly outgrown the state’s popular incentive program. But two months later, its impact appears to be minimal, reinforcing the notion that long-term market corrections are needed before the industry can find true stability.
“On the one hand, the bill was necessary because there needed to be some certainty brought to the state’s policy around solar. The legislation did provide that,” said Michael Torpey, co-executive director of the New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy.
Testimony Presented by the New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy
Submitted to the NJ Board of Public Utilities | September 7, 2012
Click here to read the full testimony presented by the New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy to the NJ Board of Public Utilities.
Senate Committee Takes Up More Than a Dozen Bills for Alternative-Fueled Vehicles
NJPR | September 17, 2012
New Jersey has one of the most ambitious clean energy programs in the nation, but some have criticized the state for not doing enough to promote the development of electric vehicles and other alternative-fueled cars.
New Jersey District Adds 4.5 MW Solar System
The Journal | September 4, 2012
New Jersey’s Toms River Regional Schools has completed construction of a 4.5-megawatt photovoltaic solar system.
Funded through a power purchase agreement with American Clean Energy, the system comprises 16,000 solar panels on 13 district buildings and will provide 5,095,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.
U.S. Green Building Council and Salem Community College present ‘Show Me the Money’ seminar
NJ.com | September 4, 2012
The South Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter (USGBC NJ) and Salem Community College present “Show Me the Money” on Friday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon.
This free, half-day seminar focuses on financial incentive programs and strategies relative to facilities and construction of green buildings. It is designed for school personnel, municipal employees/officials, health care facility personnel, private business people, architects, and engineers.
American Clean Energy completes 4.5 MW roof-mounted PV project at school district in New Jersey
Solar Server | August 29, 2012
On August 27th, 2012, American Clean Energy (Saddle Brook, New Jersey) announced that it has completed 4.5 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays for the Toms River Regional Schools in Toms River, New Jersey.
The 16,000 PV panels are located on the rooftops of 13 of the school’s buildings. The systems will have annual output of 5,095,000 kilowatt hours (kWh), the company states.
Whole Foods recycles canola oil for power
Boston Globe | August 24, 2012
At the Whole Foods Market commissary off Route 99, the canola oil used to prepare zucchini fritters and breaded chicken cutlets sold at the grocery chain’s regional stores is no longer just an ingredient. This week, it became the fuel that powers the commercial kitchen.
Whole Foods is recycling used oil from the commissary’s industrial fryers and burning it to run a custom-designed generator that provides nearly all the electricity for the 70,000-square-foot building, which houses the kitchens and another tenant. The system is powering lights, refrigerators, and a long list of appliances and other equipment used to prepare food sold in 62 stores from Maine to New Jersey.
Report: State has potential for 600 clean energy jobs, seventh in nation
NorthJersey.com | August 17, 2012
New Jersey has risen to seventh in the nation among clean energy job-creating states, according to a quarterly report by a clean energy business advocacy group.
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national group of business leaders that works with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said New Jersey has a total of 600 in-operation or potential jobs for clean energy projects in the state, lifting New Jersey 11 spots from its first-quarter ranking.
PSE&G Seeks Approval to Invest $883M More in New Jersey Solar Power
triplepundit.com | August 2, 2012
New Jersey’s Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) is poised to request the state’s regulators to approve as much as $883 million of additional investment to expand its solar power programs, according to a Reuters report.
Christie touts solar’s benefits at groundbreaking
vcstar.com | July 31, 2012
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) – Gov. Chris Christie helped break ground Tuesday on a 6-acre solar farm, pledging the administration’s continued commitment to develop renewable energy as environmentalists cited the Republican governor’s record on clean energy.
Solar credit market faces turnaround before prices can climb
NJ.com | July 31, 2012
A new law meant to rescue the state market for solar subsidies has been in place for a week, but so far values are still dropping.
NJ Solar Program Gets New Life Under New Law
New Jersey 101.5 | July 23, 2012
This morning Governor Chris Christie signed into law bipartisan legislation to strengthen and encourage the continued growth of New Jersey’s solar industry, while protecting ratepayers from increased costs. The bill couples an acceleration of the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for solar energy with a reduction of the solar alternate compliance payments, strengthening the solar market in New Jersey, and securing the state’s place as a national solar energy leader.
Governor Christie Signs Legislation to Stabilize New Jersey Solar Market
SEIA | July 23, 2012
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) today signed legislation into law that allows the state’s solar energy market to continue growing and creating good jobs in N.J. over the next several years. The legislation, S1925/A2966, addresses the current imbalance of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), which created uncertainty in the market for project developers and end users. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) worked with a number of stakeholders to advocate for this legislation that was passed by the New Jersey legislature on June 25.
Capital Dynamics Raises $282 Million for U.S. Solar Fund
Bloomberg BusinessWeek| July 10, 2012
Capital Dynamics AG, a Swiss private-asset manager, closed a $282 million fund to invest in commercial solar projects in the U.S.
Sixty percent of the fund is already destined for at least 50 projects in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California, and the company expects it will be fully allocated by early 2013, David Scaysbrook, Capital Dynamics’s managing director, said in an interview today.
Solar energy investment boosts New Jersey’s economy
Daily Record | June 26, 2012
New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program has stimulated an industry with enormous economic impact and expanding potential. The program has jump-started our entrepreneurial spirit and established New Jersey as a national leader in clean energy development. But action is needed by the Legislature and state government to preserve the advances made in the past five years, to protect current investments and to safeguard existing jobs and continue to create additional new employment.
Old Bridge to host clean energy seminar
MyCentralJersey.com | June 24, 2012
The township is hosting a free seminar for businesses and commercial building owners on how to save money by going green and the various state funding programs available to help offset costs associated with the implementation of energy efficient improvements.
Bloomberg makes news with solar installation in NJ
CleanEnergyAuthority.com | June 21, 2012
Bloomberg, known for reporting the news, made headlines of its own this week when the company installed 1.8-megawatts of solar at its Skillman, N.J. campus.
Despite Dim Projections, Solar Installations Boom in NJ
NJSpotlight.com | June 20, 2012
Despite all the gloom and doom talk about the solar sector, New Jersey installed more solar systems in the first three months of the year than any other state in the nation.
NJ tops CA for largest PV market—again!
CleanEnergyAuthority.com | June 18, 2012
For the second time the Garden State has trumped the Golden State in terms of new solar photovoltaics installed, that’s according to the recently released “U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q1 2012” by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The report found that overall the amount of PV installed in the first quarter of 2012 reached 506 megawatts.
Green Mountain Energy Company Announces Lord & Taylor Purchases 100% Wind Energy for Seven New Jersey Locations
Virtual-strategy.com | June 13, 2012
Austin, TX – Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, is proud to announce that Lord & Taylor is purchasing 100 percent wind energy for seven of its retail stores in New Jersey. With this purchase, Lord & Taylor becomes the first commercial customer in New Jersey for Green Mountain, which recently began selling to businesses in the Garden State.
Concord Engineering on Fastest Growing Business List for 2011
Citybizlist.com | June 7, 2012
VOORHEES, NJ – Concord Engineering was recognized as the 25th fastest growing company by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce as identified by NJBIZ.
“You are doing something right and it needs to be recognized,” said Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. “You are a role model for businesses in the state. The more companies that succeed like you, the more New Jersey will thrive.”
Goldman Sachs to invest $40B into clean energy
Carmel Doyle | May 28, 2012
Goldman Sachs appears to be vamping up its clean-tech investing focus. The Wall Street giant is reportedly planning to channel $40 billion into clean-energy projects over the next decade.
Goldman Sachs announced its clean-tech investing plans on Thursday at its annual shareholders meeting in New Jersey City.
The 2012 Green Awards
Lindsey Getz | April 2012 Issue
South Jersey has made great strides toward sustainability thanks to a number of innovative, eco-friendly initiatives, as evidenced by this year’s list of Green Awards. You voted and we heard: The following companies, organizations, and leaders are setting the example for what it takes to be eco-friendly.
When Richard Gannon and Michael Torpey decided to form the New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy (NJBCCE), the idea was to create a network of New Jersey businesses and leaders who are finding practical solutions in meeting the growing energy needs of consumers through clean and efficient energy. Though it only officially launched in early March, the NJBCCE is on its way to meeting those goals.
Walmart to install solar panels on 27 stores in Mass.
Erin Ailworth | May 15, 2012
Retail giant Walmart said it plans to install solar panels on top of about half of its roughly 50 Massachusetts stores as early as August as part of an expansion of solar power in the state.
The installations for the 27 stores are still in the engineering phase, and local permits must be obtained, Walmart officials said. But once the projects are done, they will be capable of generating a total of about 10.5 megawatts worth of energy, enough to power up to 2,600 homes.
Vanguard Energy Partners Installs Rooftop Solar System
Cameron Chai | May 5, 2012
Vanguard Energy Partners, a company specializing in design and construction of solar systems, has declared that it has concluded the construction of a rooftop solar array at its corporate head office, situated at Branchburg in New Jersey.
Major League Teams Take Steps Toward Green Future
GetSolar.com | April 30, 2012
Spring is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for many Major League Baseball fans who wait throughout the winter for America’s favorite pastime to get back into full swing. Along with the new season this year, many teams making are making green energy work for them, installing solar panels and implementing other solar technology to reduce their carbon emissions and save money in the process.
New Jersey School Goes Solar To Reduce Costs, Emissions
Jim Barthold | April 24, 2012
Blairstown, NJ-based boarding school Blair Academy has completed the installation of a 253-kilowatt solar electric system that is expected to meet nearly 7 percent of the campus’ electric needs and save $16,500 in electricity costs during its first year of installation.
NJ Energy Company Meets 2020 Greenhouse Gas Target
NJSpotlight.com | Apr 20, 2012
New Jersey Resources announced yesterday it has already achieved its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020, a target the state of New Jersey also has embraced, but some question whether its much more aggressive reductions can be achieved.
Rooftop Solar Power Plant Project Completed at NJ Terminal
Refrigerated Transporter | Apr 10, 2012
US Rep Robert Andrews (D-NJ) presented Gloucester Marine Terminal officials in Gloucester City NJ with an award letter recently. The letter announced an $11 million federal tax credit rebate for the recently completed new rooftop solar power plant project, the largest of its kind in North America.
IKEA Powers-up Solar Energy System’s Panels at Paramus, NJ Store
SunHerald | Apr. 10, 2012
PARAMUS, N.J. — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in Paramus, New Jersey. The 132,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,063-kW system, built with 4,620 panels. IKEA Paramus’ program will produce approximately 1,359,100 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,033 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 184 cars or powering 117 homes yearly.
2011 Clean Energy Patents at New High
Renewable Energy World | April 5, 2012
Clean Energy Patents hit a record high in 2011, up 450 patents relative to 2010 according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. GE took the yearly Clean Energy Patent Crown from GM in 2011 while also leading the Wind and Solar sectors and making the annual top ten in hybrid/electric vehicles. U.S. patent owners hold more U.S. patents than any other country. Also, solar and wind patents continued their rise to pull away from the lower tier of CEPGI sectors while fuel cells continued to lead.
Seeking solutions for clean-tech supply chain
Jared Kaltwasser | March 29, 2012
New Jersey’s made a name for itself as a solar energy hub, and possibly soon an offshore wind hub, but a group of experts in business, academic and government will gather Friday to address a wider issue — how the state can capture more of the economic value of the green energy boom.
Businesses failing to reap tax rewards for going green
Chad Brooks | March 21, 2012
Going green isn’t saving businesses as much green as it could be, a new study shows. Research by Ernst & Young found that many companies are missing opportunities to save money by failing to integrate their tax departments and sustainability programs.
Bloomfield school creates own electricity
Jane Califf | March 22, 2012
You may be surprised to learn there is a classroom in Bloomfield that will never be without electricity, even during a severe power outage. It’s not dependent on the New Jersey electrical grid because the teacher and his students create the electricity they need at no monthly cost from solar panels and a small wind turbine they installed on the school grounds. Importantly, their electricity use contributes no greenhouse gases to our rapidly-warming atmosphere.
US Solar-Panel Installations Doubled In 2011 – Study
Dow Jones Newswires | March 14, 2012
U.S. developers installed more than double the amount of solar-panel generating systems in 2011 than the previous year, at a value of $8.5 billion, up 70% over 2010, although manufacturing slipped, according to a new study….California remains the nation’s largest solar market, while New Jersey continues to be No. 2, followed by Arizona, according to the report. New York made the top-10 list in 2011 and Texas moved to ninth place from 10th place in 2010.
Wayne Business Owner Joins Clean Energy Council
Daniel Hubbard | March 5, 2012
A Wayne resident is joining the fight for a cleaner, less polluted future for the Garden State. Robert Simpson, the owner of Brother Sun Solar, is one of 111 business owners to join the newly-formed New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy (BCCE), a non-partisan network of businesses and business leaders committed to advancing renewable energy initiatives in New Jersey. The group is comprised of solar energy providers, engineering firms, and solar panel developers.
NJ Businesses Partner To Grow Clean Energy Economy
Stacy Proebstle | February 28, 2012
Over a hundred New Jersey businesses are partnering to grow and expand the state’s clean energy economy.
The newly formed “New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy” is a non-partisan network of businesses and business leaders committed to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state.
New group promoted clean energy from biz perspective
Jared Kaltwasser | February 28, 2012
More than 100 clean-energy businesses are banding together to push for policies that support innovation and spur growth in the sector.
The New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy officially launched Tuesday, billing itself as a nonpartisan network of businesses and business leaders backing renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Poll: N.J. residents support alternative energy development
Katie Eder | February 28, 2012
While Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal would divert $210 million from the state’s clean energy fund and shift revenue out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that he’s withdrawn the state from, residents show strong support for more alternative energy development, according to a Stockton College poll.
Press Release: New Business Organization Supports Jersey’s Clean Energy Economy
TRENTON, N.J. – Today, 111 New Jersey companies launched a new business coalition aimed at growing New Jersey’s clean energy economy. The new business group – New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy – is a non-partisan network of businesses and business leaders committed to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state.
“Surviving this current economy is about identifying the next ‘big thing’ and making every effort to position New Jersey to benefit financially,” said Mike Torpey, co-Executive Director of the NJ Business Council and former chief of staff to Republican Governor Christine Todd Whitman. “Clean energy is a multi-billion dollar industry, and we’d be foolish to let partisan politics stand in the way of the Garden State taking its share of the economic benefits,” Torpey added.
Pallone praises Edison company for helping effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil
Bob Makin | February 27, 2012
EDISON — Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th) visited the Eos Energy Storage facility in Raritan Center on Monday to support an “all-of-the-above” approach to American energy production.
Such efforts will protect consumers from rising gas prices at the pump, said Pallone, a member of the House Energy and Commerce and House Natural Resources committees. Gas prices have reached an average $3.58 a gallon in New Jersey, a $0.08 rise from last week, he said.
Solar Sector Likely to Look for Stabilization by Regulation
- When the lame duck legislature ended yesterday without lawmakers even posting a much-debated bill designed to prop up prices for the credits, the attention shifts to the Office of Clean Energy within the state Board of Public Utilities, which has been considering a similar but less aggressive proposal.
State Faces Triple Energy Challenge in New Year
By Tom Johnson | January 3, 2012
The state also faces an uphill battle in its efforts to develop new power plants here, a strategy that has suffered setbacks in the federal courts, as well as from a federal regulatory agency and the PJM Interconnection, the regional operator of the nation’s largest power grid.