Greenskies completes 3-MW solar portfolio for New Jersey school district

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Greenskyes Clean Focus announced the completion of 10 solar PV systems totaling 3MW for the Township of Union Public Schools in New Jersey. The energy generated by these projects is expected to offset 74% of the school’s annual electricity usage, resulting in more than $370,000 in annual energy cost savings.

“Greenskies is thrilled to support Union Township Public Schools in their efforts to improve their environmental impact and reduce operating costs,” said Greenskis President and CEO. said Stanley Chin of “School systems are increasingly leveraging savings from solar energy to finance everything from upgrading facilities to compensating for budget cuts. There are no upfront costs.”

Greenskyes has partnered with Pfister Energy, a commercial solar developer and EPC contractor based in Hawthorne, New Jersey. Pfister has installed rooftop solar at all 10 Union Township schools, including solar at Union High School (above the north parking lot) and Hannah Caldwell Elementary School (his two canopies over the existing parking lot). Installed the canopy.

  • Union High School (1,224.45 kW)
  • Barnett Middle School (394.20 kW)
  • Kawamy Middle School (228.60 kW)
  • Jefferson Elementary / Central Five (146.70 kW)
  • Battle Hill Elementary School (169.20 kW)
  • Connecticut Farms Elementary School (179.10 kW)
  • Franklin Elementary School (85.05kW)
  • Hannah Caldwell Elementary School (455.40 kW)
  • Livingston Elementary School (89.10kW)
  • Washington Elementary School (62.10 kW)

“Pfister Energy is thrilled to be involved in the deployment of solar energy solutions for Union Township schools,” said Pfister President Wayne Fisterer. “Projects like this are some of the most rewarding projects we work on that can help townships and school districts advance their efforts to save energy costs and improve their environmental impact. .”

More than 6,700 solar modules at Union schools will replace nearly 74% of the school’s annual electricity use with clean, renewable energy. According to Schneider Electric, the area’s energy services company, these solar projects will deliver more than $5.6 million in savings over the life of the system.

“By looking at the facilities holistically, the district was able to install solar power in all 10 schools within the Union,” said Dan Riggle, program manager at Schneider Electric. “Through the Energy Conservation Improvement Program, the school district has been able to use the savings from solar and other projects to fund more than $14 million in improvements to school facilities.”

These projects are part of a large, budget-neutral Energy Savings Improvement Plan (ESIP) for Union Township Public Schools, regulated and approved by the New Jersey Public Works Commission. Additionally, the energy savings from solar helped fund other important capital improvements in the district, from new roofs to boilers and energy-efficient lighting. ESIP also provided several schools with new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and new building management systems.

Superintendent Scott Taylor said, “The district has no upfront costs and the energy savings will help pay for other significant upgrades, including more than $4 million in needed roof replacements and repairs. It was all zero to taxpayers,” he said.

Solar consultancy Talva Energy helped the district quickly tune in a new roof, rooftop HVAC and solar installations, and obtain the state Transitional Renewable Energy Certification (TREC) needed to finance the project. Assisted in the safe acquisition of In addition to the solar power incentives, Schneider Electric has directed the district to secure more than $1 million in incentives for the New Jersey Clean Energy Program for other energy efficiency improvements, such as LED lighting and upgrades to his HVAC. supported.

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