TRENTON – The Assembly Education Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would require the design and construction of all new school facilities to incorporate the use of solar panels.
Under the “Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act” passed in 2000 the Commissioner of Education would be prohibited from approving an application for the construction of a new school facility unless it incorporates the use of solar panels.
This requirement would be applicable to a new school facility constructed by either a school district or the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
The sponsors noted that generating electricity through solar panels benefits both the community and the environment and will result in lowered consumption of fossil fuels, as well as reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from local power plants.
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