The first renewable energy projects in the Township of Teaneck were completed by Vanguard Energy Partners, LLC. One of the solar projects with a capacity of 67 kW will provide power to its Richard Rodda Community Center and the second solar photovoltaic system with a capacity of 5.64 kW will generate electricity at Firehouse No. 3.
The roof-mounted solar power system installed by Vanguard for the community center comprises 286 Sharp modules and will produce about 73,000 kWh of power in the first year of its operation. The rooftop solar system at Firehouse No. 3 is smaller and comprises 24 Sharp modules. In the first year, the system will generate about 6,400 kWh of electricity.
Both the solar power systems will help to reduce the municipal facilities’ electricity needs from the utility by 11%. The solar energy systems, in addition to saving taxpayer dollars will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions of 116,688 pounds per annum, which is equivalent to saving 6,008 gallons of gasoline.
Financial support of $204,944 for the projects was provided to Teaneck from the New Jersey Clean Energy Fund through rebate. In addition, through the sale of SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates), the municipality will raise additional revenues.
Charles McKearnin, Teaneck Director of Public Works, said that the clean energy projects in the municipality will not only help to reduce energy costs but also reduce it carbon footprint.
The solar power system at the Richard Rodda Community Center will be monitored in real time through the internet by the SunFlow Monitor from Noveda Technologies for its efficiency, solar production, and consumption to make sure the system performs as designed to provide maximum output. The high-definition monitor will be at the community center for public display. President of Vanguard Energy Partners, Paul Zensky, commended the town officials for their commitment to the environment and the community residents.