Raritan Valley DC Workforce Training Center Now Fully Powered by 313kW Solar Project
green sky said on Tuesday that it has partnered with Vanguard Energy Partners, a national solar construction company, to build a new solar array on land adjacent to Raritan Valley Community College’s workforce training center in the north branch.
RVCC has signed a power purchase agreement with Greenskies to purchase grid-generated electricity at a fixed, low rate for the next 15 years. As a result, the two-story, 44,000 square foot WTC is now powered entirely by 725 bifacial modules, producing up to 386 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of clean, renewable energy. In addition to powering the WTC, the system is configured for remote net metering, allowing it to power other buildings on the RVCC campus.
“This project received the first remote net metering approval in New Jersey. The College wanted to install a solar panel to provide its students with a hands-on learning experience. However, the installation site was at a new facility with low power consumption,” said Pete Osowski, vice president of technical business development.
Ultimately, this energy will offset 4,110 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is equivalent to taking more than 883 gas-powered cars off the road or preserving 4,860 acres of forest. (Source: US EPA Greenhouse Gas Calculator)
“This project is a win for the College and the environment,” said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies. “Our colleges shouldn’t have to choose between raising electricity prices, expanding educational opportunities for their students, or meeting sustainability commitments. All three are important to the future of our communities.
The RVCC campus is now home to three solar panels, in addition to other eco-friendly efforts such as publicly accessible electric car charging stations, two green roofs and a green wall, numerous pollinator gardens, a rain garden, three rainwater harvesting systems and four LEED certified. buildings. The College also generates a significant portion of its electricity needs through a 1.4 megawatt gas-fired combined heat and power plant.
The RVCC Workforce Training Center is the latest building on campus to achieve LEED certification. As a renewable energy source, this solar panel helped RVCC WTC achieve a perfect score in the Energy and Atmosphere category for green energy. The College is recognized nationally, year after year, for its sustainability initiatives.