Congratulations to the entire St. Benedict school team for successfully completing this large-scale project on extremely short notice! In mid-November the approved installer decided the job was too much to handle and bowed out. Cathy Warshaw, Business Manager at St. Benedict’s, called 1st Light Energy to see if we could complete the job before February 25th, and our team went into action. According to Fred Rhodes, VP of Operations, “everyone on the team worked long hours and overcame many obstacles to get the job done!” Cathy was full of compliments and praise for the quick turnaround, “you did anything it took to get the job done by the deadline”, thus saving her organization about $100K in SREC awards from Jersey City Power & Light (JCP&L).
The system is 255KW (910 panels for the rooftop and ground-mount combination) and will immediately reduce their electric rate from $0.15/KWh to $.09/KWh. These savings will increase significantly throughout the life of the system. In order to meet the tight deadline, the key issues were:
1. New installation drawings (from scratch – reengineering) and new Civil Engineering approval
2. New School roof – approved roofer to put 300 mounting points on a PVC roof (good thing for warm weather) – during Christmas vacation
3. Long lead time for a state-of-the-art ground mount system (ground screws vs. drilling in a concrete post) – arrived last Friday
4. Township approvals – tree commission, major zoning variance through the Committee, permits, etc.
5. New switchgear for their electrical system to accommodate the increased load from the system
Read more in this article http://matawan-aberdeen.patch.com/articles/st-benedict-s-solar-panel-project. Again, congratulations to all who made this happen.