Atlantic Cape Signs Agreement for Solar Photovoltaic Project, One of Largest in the State

Atlantic Cape will house one of the largest land-based solar systems in New Jersey, following approval by the College in 2010 of a power purchase agreement with Pepco Energy Services Inc.

The College's efforts to "go green" took a giant leap forward with the approval of the contract, which calls for Pepco to develop a 2.3 megawatt solar electric generating system located on the Mays Landing and Cape May County campuses. Pepco will design and construct the system and Atlantic Cape will reap the benefits through energy sustainability and dramatically lower electricity costs.

Atlantic Cape Carport Rendering

Solar Project Will

  • Generate 48% of College's total annual electric consumption
  • Save $220,000 in the first year; $6.8 million over 20 years
  • Produce enough energy to power some 220 homes
  • Eliminate up to 4,640,570 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually

As a result of tax benefits and future revenue resulting from the sale of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates, the solar project will provide electricity to Atlantic Cape at a rate substantially lower than the current rate paid to Atlantic City Electric. Atlantic Cape also received a $245,000 solar rebate from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities under the CORE Rebate Program in 2007, which covered consulting costs and other fees the College incurred in planning the project.

"Our solar energy project is an excellent example of using innovative strategies to promote energy sustainability as a key step in fulfilling our institutional commitment to environmental stewardship in two counties," Dr. Mora said. "The project also will allow the College to model best practices in institutional leadership and management in the area of renewable energy as part of our Green Campus Initiative. The solar project will truly establish a green legacy for Atlantic Cape."

System Will Feature Carports on Mays Landing and Cape May County Campuses

It further demonstrates our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and strengthens our position as the 'Greenest County in New Jersey'

The photovoltaic system will include the installation of carports in four campus parking lots, including three on the Mays Landing Campus and one on the Cape May County Campus. Following several months of studies and planning, installation is projected to begin in March 2011. The contract also includes a free energy audit of campus facilities and an academic component under which Atlantic Cape students can study the solar photovoltaic system energy production features and their positive impact on the environment.

"This project will take advantage of the world's fastest-growing energy technology to reduce the College's energy costs and enhance the county's overall efforts to reduce carbon emissions with the use of cleaner, renewable energy," said Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. "It further demonstrates our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and strengthens our position as the 'Greenest County in New Jersey'."

Pepco Engergy Services, Inc.

"Pepco Energy Services is pleased to be implementing a solar project for Atlantic Cape Community College that will provide both environmental and economic benefits," said David Weiss, Pepco Energy Services' president and chief operating officer of the Energy Services Division.

Pepco Energy has a decade of solar power experience, including the design, construction, operation and maintenance at the Atlantic City Convention Center in 2008 of what was then the largest single-roof photovoltaic solar power installation in the U.S.

The solar project ties in to Atlantic Cape's Green Campus Initiative, which includes an Energy Master Plan to address and implement concepts supporting the NJ Energy Master Plan in reducing greenhouse emissions statewide. It also moves the College toward environmental stewardship based on the efficient, responsible and sustainable use of resources.