Rutgers Ecocomplex Syposium February 28, 2006

On February 28, 2006 a symposium discussing renewable energy and energy efficiency was held at Rutgers’ EcoComplex in Burlington County. Several presentations were held handling various aspects of the New Jersey Clean Energy Program. The following is a summary of the presentations given:

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development and Renewable Energy Grant Program are collaborating to allow easier access for businesses. Eligibility to apply for their services as an agricultural producer include a majority of their income derived from agricultural production. Rural small businesses must meet the US Small Business Administration definition. All applicants must be located in an eligible rural area, must be able to demonstrate that it is unable to finance project from its own sources or other sources without grant assistance. In order for your project to be considered eligible for their services it must be for renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements. Maximum grant available will not exceed 25% of eligible project costs. Renewable grants range from $2,500 to $500,000, while efficiency grants range from $1,500 to $250,000. To read about more specifics or their services follow link below to full presentation.
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Renewable Energy in New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program

This presentation summarizes NJCEP’s goal, background, and future plans briefly. An example of a 10kW residential solar electric system is reviewed. Funding levels for NJCEP within the last year and the near future are then discussed. Financial incentives, specifically for solar systems, are shown. CORE program goal is discussed, which provides rebates for renewable energy systems. Tables showing the use of solar energy and renewable energy systems throughout the past two years and the expected use for the next four years are portrayed.
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Energy Conservation and Efficiency

This presentation starts out by touching on energy conservation and a few famous quotes on the subject. Energy efficiency is considered so unpopular because people don’t like change and because we think that technology has gotten us where we are as a society. It reviews how and where we get our energy from, how we can transfer from mining to energy conversion, and a few energy conversion strategies, including architectural, interior, and exterior changes that can be made.
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State Incentives for Energy Efficiency

This presentation begins by summarizing the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act of 1999. It then reviews causes of the use of energy efficiency technology and target markets for New Jersey SmartStart Buildings. New Jersey SmartStart is designed to capture lost opportunities for energy efficiency savings, achieve market transformation by assisting customers to make energy efficient decisions, stimulate investments, and help facilitate effective implementation of commercial code. The program’s offerings and incentives are rebates that provide fixed incentives for energy efficiency measures and technical assistance to help customers evaluate energy efficiency options. The commercial new construction program offers incentives for new construction projects are available only for projects in State designated “Smart Growth” areas. Benefits of energy efficiency are reduction in bills, reduction in need for costly electric grid upgrades, keeps wholesale price of power down, promotes job creation, and reduces the high cost of renewable energy.
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