www.marejournal.com NJPA G reen B uildings F eaturing E nergy E fficiency W Energy-efficient lighting company gets even greener with 133-kilowatt system GeoGenix completes rooftop solar system at Starfire Lighting in Wood-Ridge, NJ OOD-RIDGE, NJ — GeoGenix, an es- tablished industry

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mately 85 percent of the elec- tricity consumed at the facility, equating to about $25,000 in savings on electricity costs an- nually. GeoGenix is an industry leader with a proven track record in residential and com- mercial solar installations. It has been installing solar since 2001 and has the experience and expertise that have made it one of the region’s most trusted solar installers. Starfire funded the system through the New Jersey utility Public Service Electric & Gas’ (PSE&G) solar loan program. The loan is being repaid with the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) that the system generates. SRECS are a performance- based financial incentive rep- resenting the environmental benefits of solar, each of which is the equivalent of 1,000 kilo- watt-hours of electricity. SRECs are financial instruments that are purchased by utilities from solar producers such as home- owners and businesses in order to meet a state-mandated re- COLTS NECK, NJ — Saint Mary’s Parish of Colts Neck, N.J., in conjunction with Solis Partners, a leading provider of commercial solar power systems, announced that it hosted a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the commissioning of its solar power system on Saturday, April 21. The event was held at Saint Mary’s, located at 1 Phalanx Road in the Monmouth County Township of Colts Neck, NJ The event followed a 5 PM Mass and took place outside at the solar power generation system, where representatives from Saint Mary’s and the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, of which Saint Mary’s is a part, addressed the audience, along with local politicians and dignitaries. Solis Partners designed, in- stalled, operates and owns the 155-kilowatt ground-mounted system, which offsets approxi-

quirement for the generation of electricity from solar sources. The company was one of the last to take advantage of PSE&G’s solar loan program, which expired at the end of 2011. Starfire’s loan covered about 60 percent of the cost of the PV system, with the remainder of the system being financed independently. “The federal mandate to phase out incandescent bulbs has created an extremely com- petitive environment in the lighting industry,” said Craig Newman, co-owner and prin- cipal of Starfire. “By bringing down our operating costs and providing protection against the inevitable rising cost of electricity, our solar system gives us a competitive edge.” The power generated by Starfire’s solar PV system equates to the reduction of about 205,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year, which is the equivalent of offsetting the power demand of 23 homes for one year, planting 6,600 trees or removing 17 cars from the road every year. n mately 90 percent of the par- ish’s annual electricity usage, including that of the church, the spiritual center, the fam- ily life center and the rectory - all located on Saint Mary’s property. The system was installed under a third-party financing structure called a Power Pur- chase Agreement (PPA) that allows the church to receive all the benefits of solar without any upfront cost. “We’re thrilled to support Saint Mary’s with this project and are excited to celebrate the ribbon-cutting event with them,” said Jamie Hahn, co- founder and managing director of Solis Partners. “The PPA was a smart choice for Saint Mary’s to realize maximum benefits from solar power, a truly renewable source of funding that will continue to support their mission for years to come.” n

leader in residential and com- mercial solar installations in the mid-Atlantic region, announced that it recently completed the installation of a 133-kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system for Wood-Ridge, NJ- based Starfire Lighting, a lead- ing provider of energy-efficient lighting products. “It’s great to see a company in the energy efficiency space practicing what they preach,” said Gaurav Naik, principal at Old Bridge, N.J.-based GeoGe- nix. “A lighting provider who designs and manufactures en- ergy efficient lighting products with renewable energy -- it doesn’t get any greener than that.” GeoGenix designed, engi- neered and installed the PV system on the roof of Starfire’s one-story, 50,000-s/f manufac- turing and design facility at 7 Donna Drive. The system consists of 585 SunPower solar panels, which offset approxi- BARNEGAT/STAFFORDTWP, NJ — Stafford Park, a LEED- certified redevelopment, was selected as a winner of the 2012 New Good Neighbor Award by the New Jersey Business & IndustryAssociation (NJBIA). Ed Walters, Jr., partner and founder of Walters Group, will accept the award at a luncheon at the Pines Manor in Edison on Friday, June 1, 2012. The 52nd annual New Good Neighbor Awards recognize the best and most exciting commercial and industrial de- velopment projects in New Jer- sey. Winners are chosen based on economic benefit and job creation, architectural merit, and community involvement. Twelve winners were selected by a panel of judges represent- ing a wide variety of statewide organizations that share an in- terest in New Jersey’s growth

Pictured left to right: Craig Newman, co-owner and principal of energy-efficient lighting products company, Starfire Lighting, and Zack Gomes, president of Starfire Lighting, with the 133-kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system at Starfire’s manufacturing and design facility at 7 Donna Drive in Wood-Ridge, NJ.

Walters Group to be honored Stafford Park named 2012 New Good Neighbor Award by NJBIA

Saint Mary’s Parish in conjunction with Solis Partners celebrate solar power system

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and development. Walters Group’s redevelop- ment of the former brownfield site involved the capping and closing of a 55-acre licensed landfill, eliminating a smaller 25-acre landfill with zero tax- payer dollars, demolishing and relocating dilapidated facilities constructed on top of waste, protecting rare plants and animal species, preserving 1,070 acres of additional land, utilizing sustainable, green building practices, and pursu- ing all available renewable energy opportunities. Walters’

efforts have improved the water quality, air quality, and directly addressed the impacts of climate change. Rick Reynolds, executive di- rector of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Com- merce, nominated the project for the award. Herschman Architects served as the architect for the com- mercial buildings; land plan- ning services were provided by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners; and Speitel & Speitel provided the engineer- ing services. n

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