Vanguard Energy Partners has landed a 7.6MW contract with the Somerset County Improvement Authority (SCIA) to build 31 solar power systems on local and county government locations in Somerset County, New Jersey. The contract includes a 15-year power purchase agreement and is considered one of the biggest public solar energy projects in the state.
“This project will save taxpayers more than $1 million per year in energy costs, significantly decrease carbon emissions and greatly contribute toward achieving our long-term sustainability goals,” said Freeholder Director Jack M. Ciattarelli. “Just as importantly, with this bold initiative, we continue to demonstrate environmental leadership and our commitment to keeping Somerset the ‘greenest’ county in New Jersey.”
The PPA will see Vanguard build, own, operate and maintain the system for 15 years. There is no capital outlay for the local governments who will take part in the agreement and the renewable energy produced at the 31 sights will be sold to the County at predictable discounted rates.
An added component of the contract will be an educational element, wherein the projects will have the ability to track solar performance in a real-time web-based monitoring system furnished by Noveda Technologies.