WOODBRIDGE – Fire District #1 will install solar panels at the School Street Fire House, officials announced this week.
The installation of solar panels at township buildings will save taxpayers long-term energy costs by putting in place self-sustaining solar energy that will provide a portion of the power needs for many years to come.
Installation of energy-saving solar panels has been completed at the Woodbridge Community Center and Health Center, while installation of solar panels is underway at the Main Library and the Evergreen Center in Colonia.
“The Woodbridge Township solar energy program was jump-started with $2.4 million in rebate funding from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) Clean Energy Program — the rebates will be used to off-set the installation of energy-producing solar panels at municipal buildings and facilities,” said Mayor John McCormac. “Given the extraordinary costs of today’s energy, the installation of solar panels at township buildings makes economic sense, while at the same time, preserves and protects our environment. With the addition of solar panels at the Woodbridge Fire Department School Street building, we can expect even greater savings through a decrease in operational costs to the fire company.”
McCormac reported that Woodbridge is one of only a limited number of municipalities across the state that has received funding from the BPU rebate program to subsidize the installation of solar panels at municipal facilities. In addition to an estimated savings of more than $100,000 per year in energy-related costs through the generation of more than 951,000 kilowatt hours from the solar panel systems installed at the five municipal buildings, the township will receive Solar Renewable Energy Certificates or S-RECS valued at $1.6 million over the next 36 months.
The installation of solar panels at the Woodbridge Fire Department building at 418 School Street was approved by the Board of Fire Commissioners Fire District #1 and is anticipated to produce more than 51,240 kWh per year, yielding a savings of more than $8,700 in electric costs and more than $25,624 in SREC sales, for a total savings of more than $33,800 per year.
The Municipal Council approved the interlocal agreement at the Oct. 20 Council meeting, authorizing Barrier Electric Company to install 200+ solar panels at the Woodbridge Fire Department building at a cost of $284,600.
Additionally, the Board of Fire Commissioners contracted with the township’s energy consultant – Birdsall Engineering – to conduct a full energy audit of the 418 School Street firehouse, which should result in additional long-term energy and operational savings.
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