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."
New Hampshire, USA -- A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) puts some hard numbers to the benefits realized when U.S. cities streamline their solar PV permitting processes.
Germany's residential solar adoption is attributed to friendly policies and incentives, but alsofriendly permitting processes. Meanwhile, in the U.S., "soft" costs amount for more than half of the installed price for residential solar PV systems in the US. Various studies have pointed out the results:
Customer acquisition costs are ten times higher in the U.S. vs. Germany, $0.67 vs. $0.06, and "overhead" adds up to $1.24/W, or $5,000 for the average system (Solar Freedom Now)
$0.22/W on average for permitting + inspection + interconnection, including $0.09/W in fees (NREL)
Local permitting and inspection adds $0.50/W, or $2,500 per residential install, and nearly a month of delays (SunRun)
Labor costs alone add $0.11/W, and eight weeks average permitting time (Clean Power Finance)
The new LBNL study (PDF summary here,slides here) assembles permitting process scores from the DoE's Rooftop Solar Challenge, the California Solar Initiative, and U.S. Census Data. All told it encompasses more than 3,200 residential PV systems installed in 44 California cities during 2011, representing 27 percent of the state's total population and 20 percent of the state's PV systems sized <10 kW installed in that year.
Essentially, the study boils down to one equation: permitting processes translate into time and money invested into a solar PV installation. Cities in California with the most favorable permitting practices, for example, have average residential PV prices that are 27-77 cents/W lower (4-12 percent of median PV prices in the state) than cities with the most "onerous" permitting processes. And average development times in those solar-friendlier communities are around 24 days shorter, or 25 percent of the median development time.
This study clearly illustrates the second-level effects of difficult permitting processes, notes Barry Cinnamon, cofounder of Solar Freedom Now. Certain cities are known to be difficult and expensive to work in, so installers actively avoid working there, he added. (The Clean Power Finance installer survey also came to this conclusion.) And that 27-77 cents/W figure implies a total system cost of about $0.50-$1.00/W range, which he called "pretty realistic."
Cinnamon offered an example of differences in city permitting processes (and why solar PV installers need to know local laws). The city of Cupertino, Calif., has a particularly rigorous "fire setback" rule, requiring three feet of walkway around a roof's edge. For a given rooftop, and solar panels several feet high, that could translate to a rooftop solar PV system restricted to a single row of panels. In nearby San Jose, an identical system not so restricted in fire setback might allow a second row of panels — meaning the potential difference between a 2-kilowatt (kW) system and a 4-kW rooftop system.
Double your money, create more than 1 million jobs and make a big dent in US carbon and greenhouse gas emissions – that’s what could be realized if the US were to double energy productivity by 2030, according to the Alliance Commission on National Energy Policy’s recently releaseEnergy 2030 report.
Looking to spur energy-efficiency gains across the US, CalCEF and Metrus Energy on March 13 launched a new financial intermediary service that could unlock the doors to a projected $150 billion in energy-efficiency savings by providing “otherwise hard-to-get financing for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).”
With the Efficiency Resource Fund, CalCEF and Metrus have come up with a no-risk, zero-down way to offer SMBs funds to finance energy-efficiency projects, projects that could yield $15 billion a year in energy savings over the next decade, according to a joint press release.
Working through the Efficiency Resource Fund process, building owners sign an Efficiency Service Agreement (ESA) of up to 10 years, “then hire contractors to design, install, measure and maintain energy-saving improvements,” the Fund partners explain.
The latest energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and other energy efficiency equipment and appliances typically have useful lives that extend well beyond 10 years. Fund customers can continue to realize savings and benefits once the term of the ESA expires.
By making energy-efficiency improvements, building owners, as well as building inhabitants, benefit from improved safety, health, wellness, comfort, and productivity, and a reduced carbon and overall environmental footprint, while also realizing savings on utility bills. The Fund recoups its investment by billing customers for realized efficiency gains.
Moreover, the Fund bridges a big gap in financing available to SMBs looking to carry out energy efficient projects. According to the Fund partners, “This innovative approach bridges the funding gap that has stymied these small- and medium-sized retrofit projects – some 4 million building nationwide.”
Added CalCEF managing director Paul Frankel:
“The Efficiency Resource Fund is a trail-blazing investment vehicle that taps a massive, underserved market opportunity.”
“We’re enabling a whole class of projects that would otherwise not be completed, while at the same time delivering not just savings for customers but also attractive returns for impact investors and generating capacity for utilities.”
The returns and benefits from making investments in energy efficiency are increasingly being recognized in the US. CalCEF and Metrus are pitching the Efficiency Resource Fund to pension fund managers and construction industry in particular, prospects for whom such investments can prove particularly attractive.
Energy-efficiency investments, according to the CalCEF and Metrus, garner “a substantial return on investment, while also generating new local construction jobs that will increase pension contributions.”
The Wide-Ranging Benefits And Advantages Of Investing In Energy Efficiency
New York State Comptroller and trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, Thomas P. DiNapoli, is encouraging portfolio companies to boost investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, the Fund partners highlighted. Adding to the impetus, executive director of the Los Angeles County Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and 20-year pension trustee Jim Wilson was quoted as saying:
“There’s a huge amount of money to be saved—and, for investors, earned—by improving energy efficiency throughout our economy and putting professional contractors and skilled tradesmen to work.”
A long-standing supporter of CalCEF, Sidney E. Frank Foundation trustee Cathy Halstead emphasized the multiple, cross-cutting gains and benefits to be derived from investing in energy efficiency improvements.
“The Efficiency Resource Fund is a unique opportunity for investors to put money to work in an area that will produce multiple positive outcomes. We’ve supported the development of this novel financing mechanism because we see its potential for advancing green buildings, green jobs, emissions reductions, and cost savings for small and medium businesses.”
Now Accepting SMB Applications
The Efficiency Resource Fund is now accepting financing applications from facility owners with energy-efficiency retrofit project plans under $1 million.
For decades, we have watched American manufacturing jobs shipped overseas. Now, as we face our highest unemployment rate in 25 years, the consequences of our complacency are crystal clear.
An America that can't manufacture its own goods will be a weak America. And with the clean-energy economy poised to grow exponentially, it's more important than ever to keep new jobs here.
Last Wednesday, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio stepped up with a brand new proposal that lays the groundwork for the creation of more than 2.5 million new, green jobs. This plan provides an ironclad economic motivation for hesitant lawmakers from hard-hit states to support the Energy Bill.
I was in DC last Wednesday with Apollo Alliance supporters to help build momentum for this bill – it's that important. We've calculated that it would create at least 680,000 new direct manufacturing jobs and nearly 2 million jobs outside the sector.
That means more than 2.5 million Americans put to work creating clean energy technologies. The bill would:
Invest in loans to small- and mid-sized businesses to retool, establish, or expand clean energy manufacturing capabilities, and
Increase funding to help manufacturers break into clean energy markets and adopt innovative, energy-efficient technologies.
With your help, we can generate the resources – and the political will – to create green jobs in an industry that offers a more sustainable solution for our environment, our economy, and American workers.
Last month, the House Energy & Commerce Committee took a huge step towards jumpstarting our economy with clean energy jobs when they passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACE. Now, this legislation will be voted on as soon as next week in the House.
Passing this legislation will bring us closer than ever to truly putting us on a path to a clean energy future. But, Big Oil is doing everything in their power to derail this legislation. Will you contact your Member of Congress to insist that this bill is strengthened and passed?
This legislation will help both our economy and our planet by helping to create millions of jobs, reducing our dependence on oil, and cutting global warming pollution. To make sure the bill creates even more clean energy jobs, we would also like to see improvements in the bill that strengthen requirements and increase investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as preserve the Obama administration's ability to regulate dangerous pollutants.
But, Big Oil and their cohorts in Congress are stopping at nothing to keep us addicted to dirty energy. They are flooding the halls of Congress with misinformation, and we must counter their attacks.
Passing ACES legislation would jumpstart a clean energy economy by:
Supporting the development of new clean energy sources, such as wind, solar and geothermal, by requiring utilities to generate at least 20% of their electricity from renewable resources, with a portion met through efficiency by 2020;
Dramatically boosting energy efficiency in building, appliances, and homes, saving over $25 billion per year by 2030; and
Reducing global warming pollution by at least 17% by 2020 and 83% by 2050.
Our efforts to strengthen the clean energy bill are raising eyebrows on Capitol Hill. Just last week, climate activists like you sent more than 8,000 faxes to congressional offices in Washington.
But this is no time to let up: we have to keep pushing for a stronger bill!
Here's another way to keep pushing: send a letter to your local newspaper editors. Your representatives read the editorial pages of your hometown paper--and they pay attention to what their constituents have to say.
Your published letter can send them a strong message: passing a strong clean energy bill can transform our economy, create millions of jobs, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Send a letter to your local newspaper editor today:
It's easy to get started: Simply enter your zip code to select one of your local newspapers. You can customize your message or use our talking points to get started. Then, encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to send their own letters!
Be sure to tell your local editors that this bill needs to be stronger with three changes:
Ensure More Clean Energy for America: By increasing the renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.
Hold Polluters Accountable: By restoring authority to the EPA to mandate cleaner technology for power plants.
Create More Clean Energy Jobs for America: Limit giveaways to polluting industries and instead bolster green job development and protection of vulnerable communities.
You can also follow-up your letter with a call to your local paper and tell them about your letter. Send a letter to your local paper today:
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