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May 14, 2013

KDC Solar and North Jersey Media Group Cut Ribbon on Large Solar Facility
by Staff Writers
Bedminster NJ (SPX) May 10, 2013

The solar operation will cover more than 60 percent of the power needs at North Jersey Media Group's printing plant.

KDC Solar LLC, headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, through its wholly owned subsidiary, KDC Solar NJMG, has commenced commercial operations at North Jersey Media Group's (NJMG) printing facility in Rockaway, New Jersey.

The solar project is the largest PV solar system (4.96 megawatts) at any printing facility in the State of New Jersey. The new system, which will generate approximately 6.2 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity per year, will allow North Jersey Media Group's facility to receive approximately 60% of its annual electric needs from clean renewable solar energy and substantially reduce its carbon footprint.

This is the equivalent of 700 homes being supplied with all their electricity for the year. In addition, there are discussions underway to add additional solar capacity when a new roof is installed on a portion of the facility.

A ribbon cutting ceremony marking the commencement of commercial operations was held at NJMG's facility on May 6th. Among the local dignitaries in attendance were Don Reddin, Rockaway Township Council Member, Dave Washington, Rockaway Township Council Member, Gregory Poff, Rockaway Township Business Administrator, Vincent Brennan, Rockaway Township Police Captain and Planning Board Member, Jim Lutz, Rockaway Township Engineer and Craig Babcock, Rockaway Fire Marshall.

KDC Solar signed an engineering and construction contract for the installation of the facility with Samsung C and T. J. Fletcher Creamer and Son, a fifth-generation contractor headquartered in Hackensack, New Jersey, was the general contractor.

The solar facility uses over 20,400 photovoltaic panels, 10 SMA America 500 kilowatt inverters and is ground mounted, roof mounted and on car ports across 50 acres of land.

"North Jersey Media Group is pleased and proud to have served as the host and electric off-taker of this solar project," said Stephen Borg, President of NJMG.

"This use of clean energy helps us continue our environmental stewardship as well as reduce costs. KDC Solar is a wonderful partner and I strongly recommend them to those considering similar projects," he said.

"We are very pleased to have worked with North Jersey Media Group and, in particular, the Borg family to bring this concept to reality. This facility is the largest PV solar facility at any printing facility in the State of New Jersey and will supply clean, lower cost, long-term solar energy to North Jersey Media Group for many years," said Hal Kamine, KDC Solar's Chief Executive Officer.

"This project is another example of a successful 'behind-the-meter' clean solar electric system for business/government and institutions, which in turn create or preserve both short and long-term jobs for the state."

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Posted: May 14, 2013 5:24am
Mar 31, 2013
They Paved Paradise and Put Up A Parking Lot 

Parking-lot owners are finding a new use for their vast expanses of pavement: solar power.

From Long Island to the Arizona desert, developers are covering their lots with canopies of solar panels. Lot owners get to double up on their use of underutilized land and to offset their utility bills at the same time. And very little stands between most lots and the sun, so they can produce plenty of power. What's more, the canopies provide shade when it's hot and prevent snow from accumulating in the winter. Some have charging stations for electric vehicles.

NRG Energy Inc., NRG +0.95% Princeton, N.J., installed and owns the panels, leasing the site and selling power. The company and the team both declined to disclose financial details about the project.

The solar parking-lot system meets 20% of FedExField's power needs on game days.

One of the country's largest solar carports is now under construction at Rutgers University's Livingston Campus in Piscataway, N.J. The eight-megawatt installation will cover about 32 acres and will cost about $40.8 million before federal and state incentives. The project is being built by a private company, which will lease the panels to the university. Rutgers expects to save $28 million in electricity costs over 20 years.

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Posted: Mar 31, 2013 3:28am
Mar 16, 2013
Another Banner Year for Solar Power: Industry Breaks Records in 2012
In 2012, the U.S. solar industry grew 76 percent over 2011, adding 3.3 GW of new solar capacity.
Nashua, NH -- Today the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association along with GTM Research released the results of its annual year in review, and 2012 numbers give the solar industry another reason to celebrate.
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Posted: Mar 16, 2013 12:48am
Feb 4, 2013

Car slams into Basil Bandwagon store in Raritan Township

Terry Wright/Hunterdon County DemocratBy Terry Wright/Hunterdon County Democrat 
on February 02, 2013 at 4:30 PM, updated February 02, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Car smashes into Basil Bandwagon in Raritan Township
EnlargeA car smashed through the front of the Basil Bandwagon in Raritan Township, coming to rest inside the health foods store.Car smashes into Basil Bandwagon gallery (29 photos)

A car smashed through the front of the Basil Bandwagon store in Raritan Township Saturday afternoon, coming to rest completely inside the building. The driver, his passenger and the dog in the car all escaped injury.

The mishap took place just before 2 p.m. at the natural market and organic food store, 276 Route 202-31 in the Flemington Circle Shopping Center. The driver, a man whose name was not immediately available, was heard telling a policeman that his car, a Jeep sport-utility vehicle, suddenly lurched into the store.

Frank Veneziale, emergency management coordinator, said that in addition to the two people in the Jeep, somebody who was in the store complained of chest pain. All three were examined by the Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad. Also responding were Raritan Township Fire Company and paramedics from Hunterdon Medical Center.

A township Construction Department official looked over the damaged building and declared it to be structurally safe, Veneziale said. But, the emergency personnel had the electricity turned off and the store will be closed until the windows and doors can be replaced.

The car, which was pulled out and hauled away by a flatbed wrecker from Superior Towing, did not appear to have extensive damage.

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Posted: Feb 4, 2013 6:30am
Apr 5, 2009
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Celebration
Location: New Jersey, United States

Earthday week at Basil Brook Organic Pharm.

Starting at 1pm April 19th

The NJ Gardening/Farming Meetup Group is planning a Pot luck ~ Earthday Celebration starting at 1pm on April 19th at Basil Brook Organic Pharm. There will be entertainment, free table set up space for crafters, artists and other Meetup groups.

There's also plenty of room for those who wish to campout for the night & a hiking trail runs through the back of the farm along the brook.

Please visit our site when you get a chance.

For more information Google: Basil Brook Organic Pharm 

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Posted: Apr 5, 2009 7:23am
Mar 10, 2009
Focus: Sustainable Development
Action Request: Volunteer
Location: New Jersey, United States

We have just started a community garden and here at the farm and just got now have 2 volunteers !

Plans are in the works for an Earthday Celebration as well.

We currently have 30 members in The New Jersey Gardening/Farming Meetup Group

This is our site:  

We looking for more volunteers so we can grow organic veggies for our local food bank and low income people in Hunterdon County. We also plan on planting 300 Empress trees. If you know of anyone that may be interested, please pass this information along to them.

Organically Yours, Alice

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Posted: Mar 10, 2009 8:45am


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