From grid positive colleges to green-built classrooms, there are more green schools than ever before. Now, a New Jersey girls’ high school known as Bnos Bais Yaakov will be joining their ranks with a massive rooftop solar array.
When we say massive, we do mean massive. While there’s no word on exactly how many megawatts will be involved, the 25,000 square foot roof of the high school building (located on Oberlin Avenue in Lakewood, New Jersey) will soon be home to a solar array expected to save Bnos Bais Yaakov $35,000 on its electric bills on an annual basis. At this rate, the system will pay for itself in three years.
A local company, Arosa Energy, will be handling the installation of this photovoltaic system, purchased by the school with the help of government incentives and solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) it will receive once the system is in operation. Currently, the Garden State’s green initiatives and government funding programs lead the nation for the shortest payback period on solar energy systems, and SRECs in New Jersey are worth twice their value in other states.
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