The City of New Brunswick is expanding its commitment to sustainable energy practices through the installation of new solar panels throughout our town.
The City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Public Schools and the New Brunswick Parking Authority teamed up and have used a power purchase agreement to help light up our town since December of 2009, leveraging public structures and spaces to generate energy from the sun.
Recently, New Brunswick City Council signed off on the next step of that contract, which will bring solar panels to the rooftops of the Lincoln School Annex, Roosevelt Elementary School and Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts. Panels will also be installed on new carports at A.C. Redshaw School, New Brunswick Middle School, New Brunswick High School and the District’s Central Offices and Adult Learning Center.
“The City of New Brunswick is dedicated to sustainable practices that offer tax relief to our residents, reduce our carbon footprint and improve on services,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “This agreement has made strides in our commitment to renewable energy and sustainable practices, and we are glad to be able to expand it to new sites and tap new sources of solar energy for the benefit of our local power grid.”
Solar panels built through this agreement are already in service at the New Brunswick Water Treatment and Distribution Plant; the rooftops of Lord Stirling Community School, New Brunswick High School and New Brunswick Middle School; and the New Brunswick Parking Authority’s New Street and Plum Street parking decks. The school district has additional solar panels installed at sites throughout the district through other power agreements.
Construction of the new rooftop panels is expected to begin in May. Construction on the carports and their panels is slated to begin in June.
“This solar panel partnership with the City of New Brunswick and the Parking Authority is an excellent opportunity for our school district and for our students,” says Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent, New Brunswick Public Schools. “Expanding the degree to which our buildings are solar-powered is an effective cost-reduction measure that also teaches our students important lessons about the environment and sustainability. This program provides a specific example, on a rather significant scale, to incorporate into our instruction and curriculum for our students on how essential it is for all of us to respect our planet’s resources.”