Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bill would require solar panels in all new NJ schools

UPDATE: The bill was released by the Assembly Education Committee on September 16, 2010 and referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee

The New Jersey Assembly's Education Committee on Thursday will consider environmental legislation requiring the incorporation of solar panels in the design and construction of all new public schools in the state.

In the statement to his bill, A-1084, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora says the legislation is good for the community and the environment.  

"The use of solar power means less consumption of fossil fuels, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from local power plants.  A solar power system can also reduce or eliminate a school building’s electric bill.  Installing a solar power system is equivalent to prepaying for 40 years of power at a fraction of the current cost.  As energy rates increase this difference will only increase, leading to escalating savings for the school district over the life of the system."

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