Washington Township school board listens to solar panel pitches from companies

Posted Září 20th, 2011 by Billabongboardshortscloths

Solar panels, microturbines and geothermal pipes, oh my. A myriad of renewable energy solutions were put on the table at Thursday’s special board of education meeting where it heard proposals from six energy companies for just about four hours.

Honeywell, Ameresco and Johnson Controls were just a few of the companies that responded to the request for quotations that the board put out in order to gauge its various options for bringing renewable energy, and ultimately significant energy savings, into the district.

“We got a lot of information about a lot of different ways of financing [the proposed project],” Board President Stephen Altamuro said after the meeting.

While solar panels were one of the main staples of each company’s proposal, they were able to bring a few different alternatives to the board’s attention as well. This included geothermal heating and microturbines.he led PayPal to open its platform to Wholesale pet supplies developers. While geothermal energy would heat water from natural sources, the microturbines would require an independent fuel source,Polycore hydraulic hose are manufactured as a single sheet, such as natural gas or biodiesel fuels.

Energy conservation measures were also a part of some companies’ proposals. These could include anything from installing motion-sensor lighting to replacing boilers.

“It was very informative and eye-opening because some of the things, such as the mini jet turbines, I’ve never heard of that before,” said Chet Nawoyski, a school board and environmental commission member.

Going into the meeting, planned purchase agreements, or PPAs, seemed to be one of the best options to the board.there’s a lovely winter polished tiles by William Zorach. In a PPA, the solar energy company installs the system at no cost to the district and would profit from selling the solar renewable energy credits (SREC) on the open market.

But as each company presented, it became clear that taking advantage of the state’s Energy Savings Improvement Plan, or ESIP, would be a much more secure option. This is due in part to the fact that the PPAs rely on the SREC market for much of its value. The market has been in flux recently, making that option somewhat less attractive to the district. The ESIP program, in comparison, is funded by a state law that “allows government agencies to make energy related improvements to their facilities and pay for the costs using the value of energy savings that result from the improvements,” according to the New Jersey Clean Energy website.

“I think PPAs are a little too speculative because of the value of the SRECs,” Noyawski said. “In the past … it would have been a good alternative, but unless we’re just going through a temporary market remix or market adjustment, it’s too speculative. We’re not in the business of speculation; we’re in the business of saving the taxpayers money”

The district is already undergoing an independent energy audit, the results of which are expected sometime in November.For the last five years Hemroids , Many of the companies said that the survey would give them a much clearer idea of the cost savings available to the district.

While each company pitched the board their specific qualifications and advantages, Nowayski said the board’s main priority was evaluating information rather than specific companies at this point.

“I really want to absorb all the information we’ve gathered and go through that before we decide which company to go with,When the stone sits in the Cold Sore,” he said.

As for the next step, the board will meet to decide which kind of plan would be the best fit for the district. After that, they would release a request for proposals and move on from there.

Altamuro said that the plethora of options and information presented would take a little while for the board to digest. “I’m not sure solar is the only option now, we have a long way to go before we have an energy plan in mind.”

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