MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(25 August, 2009)
National Guard Solar Energy Dedication Ceremony
WHO/WHAT: Dedication ceremony of the third Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and New Jersey National Guard solar energy project. Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey will speak at the ceremony.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 26 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: National Guard Training Center, Sea Girt
Details – The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) will unveil its newest onsite solar generation system. This project highlights DMAVA's ongoing effort to support Governor Jon S. Corzine's energy incentives for New Jersey known as “Greening the Government.”
As part of its ongoing efforts to optimize efficiency, conserve natural resources and reduce dependency on foreign energy sources, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is proud to announce the completion of its third onsite Photovoltaic Solar Electric Power System at our Sea Girt Facility. The project is expected to save the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs more than $55,000 annually and lower its use of conventionally-generated power. It also has the capability of producing 300 Solar Energy Renewable Credits annually, currently selling for $650 per credit.
This project will be the first for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs utilizing a parking canopy; the Fort Dix and Lawrenceville systems are located on roof tops. Covering more than 20,000 square feet, the 230 kilowatt photovoltaic system uses 1,064 modular pre-engineered solar panels tilted at a ten degree angle to maximize energy output and convert sunlight directly into electricity, generating power to the facility. With the completion of this project at Sea Girt, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs will represent the largest commitment to install solar power by a military agency on the East Coast. With an estimated 300,000 kilowatt hours per year, the Photovoltaic Solar Electric Power System will reduce more than 7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions during the next 30 years; the equivalent to planting 1,000 acres of trees or not driving 9 million miles on New Jersey's roadways. In addition, this initiative demonstrates the Department's leadership in the adoption of Governor Jon S. Corzine's Executive Order No. 54 that calls for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey.
Media MUST contact Maj. Yvonne Mays at the numbers listed above in order to gain entry onto the facility.