Today I attended the Dedication of the Ocean City, NJ Solar Project. They "turned on the switch" to the alternative energy system that will provide the city with 17% of their electric needs. It is one of the largest (if not the largest) municipal solar projects in the state of New Jersey and was really cool to see. When the project is complete, it will consist of over 2000 panels, saving over 900 barrels of oil per year. From this project, the solar power produced is equivalent to the annual usage of nearly 50 homes.
It is great to see municipal government being so proactive in the alternative energy arena. Ocean City is such a great place. On the beach in the summer enjoy the sun on your skin and in the winter when you're not feeling the warmth, know that same sun is helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The total project cost was $4.5 Million, but the City didn't pay any of that out of pocket (minus some minor expenses). They created partnerships and with rebates from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Federal Tax Credits, and Solar Renewable Energy Credits, were able to do it at no cost to taxpayers.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilites does not only provide rebates for businesses and governments, but also for individual homeowners through its New Jersey Clean Energy Program. Visit the following website for more information about how you can save money and energy http://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/programs. Of course, you can always call or e-mail me to learn more. I'm here to help.