Improvement Authority Spearheading Renewable Energy Initiative

Published on March 17, 2009

The Morris County Improvement Authority is spearheading a countywide renewable energy pilot program in the county.

The initiative, which has the support of the Morris County Board of Freeholders, calls for renewable energy sources such as solar panels to be installed, where possible, on buildings or on the grounds of public schools and municipal facilities.

The Improvement Authority is financing the program with bonds guaranteed by the county. The MCIA would absorb all debt service payments, which would be funded through the resale of the electricity generated by the alternative energy sources.

Morris County Freeholder William Chegwidden, liaison to the Authority, said becoming a partner with the county under this program will enable a town or school district to reduce a portion of its energy bills and not incur any out-of-pocket costs.

The Improvement Authority has hired Metro Energy Solutions, a West Caldwell energy consulting firm, to determine if renewable energy devices would be feasible in the towns and school districts participating in the pilot program, and where the devices could be placed.

Additional information about the renewable energy initiative may be obtained by calling the Morris County Improvement Authority at 973-285-6020.

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