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Two New Jersey schools go green with solar roofs

September 27, 2010
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BRANCHBURG, NJ — Two New Jersey schools have turned to the sun, large-scale solar power systems, to help control energy costs and pollution, according to Newsroom Jersey.
Vanguard Energy Partners of Branchburg announced it has completed the installation of solar arrays on roofs at Pitman High School in Gloucester County and Gill St. Bernards, a private school in Somerset County, the article stated.
According to information released by the company, the 310-kilowatt system will provide almost 40 percent of the energy needed to power the school, about 350,000 kilowatt hours per year.
Consisting of 1,284 photovoltaic modules, the system will avoid 553,646 pounds of carbon emissions annually, comparable to taking 48 cars off the roads, the article noted.
"We''re very excited to help schools utilize solar energy to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, said Vanguard Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim LaFleur.
"It is also rewarding to know that the schools will be using the arrays as a teaching opportunity for students and the community," LaFleur added.
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