MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
(26 August, 2009)
DMAVA Unveils Newest Solar Energy Array
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA
With the newly installed photovoltaic solar electric power system above them, Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth (l), The Adjutant General of New Jersey; President Jeanne M. Fox (c), Commissioner, Board of Public Utilities and retired Brig. Gen. Jeff L. Pierson (r), Superintendent, National Guard Training Center, cut the ribbon inaugurating the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs newest onsite solar generation system on August 26 at the NGTC, located at Sea Girt, N.J.
This project highlights DMAVA's ongoing effort to support Governor Jon S. Corzine's energy incentives for New Jersey known as “Greening the Government.” In addition, this initiative demonstrates the Department's leadership in the adoption of the Governor's Executive Order No. 54 that calls for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey.
The photovoltaic solar electric power system is expected to save the Department 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, which are 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, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs represents 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 by not driving 9 million miles on New Jersey's roadways.