Yearly Archives: 2012

A New Year’s Resolution That Can Help Us All

Americans have just received untold numbers of new iPhones, iPads, video game consoles and flat screen TVs as holiday presents. All of these devices require electricity. It’s got to come from somewhere.

RAI has been involved in the solar business for quite awhile. The implementation of renewable energy projects is, by itself, a great stride for our society and economy. Stewardship of our environment is a responsibility we all share, and we’re proud to be doing our part to assist our customers to do just that.

While wind and solar projects carry with them a certain level of excitement – they use ‘cool’ technology, they’re very visible and fun to talk about – there are also some other ways in which organizations can be good to the environment. Have you taken a look at how energy efficient you are?

The coupling of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects is a real winner – first, reduce how much energy you really need to use, then get that energy from renewable sources.

Make that a New Year’s resolution – to explore all of the ways in which you can be the best consumer of energy you can be. We’re here to help you do so.

What Happened to Commercial Solar?

After months of little new activity, we’ve been incredibly busy in solar. In the past 4 months we have been building over 12 MW of net-metered commercial solar projects, putting over 150 people back to work. With New Jersey SREC values currently near their lowest point, how is this possible? Through a combination of hard work, patience, strong, performing team members.

It’s no secret that there has been a dramatic reduction in the volume of new commercial solar projects in New Jersey. The huge solar farms that were planned have been particularly affected. Many organizations interested in solar have ‘been standing on the sidelines.’

So who has been ‘greenlighting’ solar projects of late?
• Public sector customers like school districts and municipalities
• Privately-held companies that own their own buildings
• Energy investors and independent power producers with a long term view

Now is a good time to take another look at solar. SREC values are expected to turn up beginning next summer, when the new RPS requirements from the solar law signed last summer take hold. Prices of components have continued to slide, making systems less expensive than they were. All things that point to solar being a solid investment. Key questions:
1. Are you committed to ‘going green?’
2. What is your tolerance for payback on your green investment?
3. Are you willing to pay for your system to be ‘built to last?’

Commercial solar is coming back. This time, the recovery will be gradual but lasting. Be a part of it! Give us a call.

Reducing Energy Costs is Good for the Community

In the truest sense, doing net-metering projects and allowing businesses and homes to reduce their energy cost make the most sense and bring the most value back to the community. Creating lower energy costs allow for business to be more competitive, stable, and keep jobs intact. Jobs pay taxes, jobs purchase commodities, food, clothing, appliances, houses, etc., and flow money back into the economy. Residential solar increases the value of the property and allows for property owner to have more spending, allowing more money to flow as well.

Master plan for Brownfield’s and Landfills also makes sense with bonus S-REC credit amounts due to the higher cost of constructing these projects. We in the industry are still unsure if these particular projects can get done in any great number. There are many hurdles that have to be overcome, environmental regulatory, etc.

FedEx Express Breaks Ground on New Solar Installation At Newark Hub Facility

Construction to Begin on First Solar Project at
Newark Liberty International Airport

MEMPHIS, Tenn., October 17, 2012—FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, today announced plans to install its largest rooftop solar-electric system at its distribution hub in Newark, N.J.  This announcement came after several years of planning with The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Marina Energy, LLC, Solops, LLC and Ray Angelini, Inc.  FedEx operates eight solar facilities around the world.

“This solar installation at our Newark FedEx Express hub advances our commitment to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways,” said Mitch Jackson, vice president, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corp.  “Deploying solar technologies such as these at our facilities helps us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations while providing more sustainable options for our customers.”

This project will create work for more than 120 individuals working in more than eight separate industries.  Workers will install the 8,684 solar modules that will cover 3.5 acres across three buildings on the roof of the FedEx Express hub at Newark airport.  When completed, the system will generate approximately 2.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) and could provide over 15 percent of the hub’s energy needs.

“We applaud FedEx for thinking green and adding to the Port Authority’s already-robust sustainability program,” said Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority.  “Creating environmentally friendly facilities is of great importance to us and we thank FedEx for helping us raise the bar at Newark Airport.”

“The Port Authority is implementing more than 50 environmentally sustainable initiatives at Newark Liberty and appreciates the efforts of tenants like FedEx to help us meet our goals,” said Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority.  “FedEx will be the first company with solar panels on a building at Newark Liberty, and we look forward to other tenants following their lead.”

Other green initiatives begun by the Port Authority at Newark Liberty and its other airports include ground management plans that reduce the amount of pollution caused by unnecessary burning of jet fuel, the purchase of airport vehicles that use hybrid and alternative fuels, and various recycling programs to reduce trash levels.

“Solar-power is a cost-effective method to generate sustainable energy and significantly lessens the dependence on the electric grid thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Stephen Poniatowicz,  senior vice president, Marina Energy, LLC.  This solar project is expected to eliminate the release of more than 1,807 metric tons of CO2 gas.

“This project joins a long list of notable New Jersey solar projects such as the Liberty Science Center and Johnson & Johnson where we’ve been the design/build provider, working together with private and public sectors to engineer sustainable energy solutions,” said Raymond J. Angelini, president, Ray Angelini, Inc.  “Like our other projects, this one will help its owners greatly reduce their impact on the environment while still meeting customer needs.”  Additionally, renewable energy is an efficient way to control as much as 35% of energy costs or more depending on the project, while benefiting both the environment and a company’s bottom line.

“Due to the ever-changing landscape of the solar industry, the development of these projects requires a complex finance model and strong commitment by all parties involved,” said Matthew Rosenblum, president & CEO of Solops, LLC.  “Each of these companies should be commended on their efforts in pioneering sustainable solar energy at Newark Liberty International Airport.”

When the system is fully operating, the combined environmental benefits based on a projected annual reduction of approximately 1,807 metric tons of CO2 emissions, are equivalent to one of the following*:

  • 354 passenger cars not driven for one year
  • 202,563 gallons of gasoline not burned
  • 4,202 barrels of oil not consumed
  • 225 households’ electricity use for one year
  • 46,330 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
  • 17.9 acres of forest preserved from deforestation

(* U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies)

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $43 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand.  Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit

About the Port Authority
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country.  The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity.  The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York.  The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations.  For more information, please visit

About Ray Angelini, Inc.
Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI®) is a commercial solar design build, solar maintenance, electrical construction, general construction, and power systems testing and commissioning firm.  Founded in 1974, by Raymond J. Angelini, as an electrical contracting company, RAI established a solar division in 2004 and has since completed solar projects throughout the region, including Merck, Lincoln Financial Field, Liberty Science Center, and DuPont.  RAI is recognized by NJBIZ magazine as the largest solar provider in NJ.  RAI is a Butler Builder® construction professional.  To learn more about RAI, visit or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566.

About Marina Energy
Marina Energy, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), specializes in the design, construction and operation of moderate to large scale energy projects for commercial and industrial markets.  Marina’s projects include thermal, cogeneration, solar and landfill gas-to-electric facilities. Among Marina’s largest projects is the Marina Thermal Plant that serves Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ. For more information about SJI and its subsidiaries, visit Find us on facebook at and on twitter @sjindustries.

About Solops
Solops develops and implements complex finance and business structures in order to fund solar installations nationwide.  Solops also provides comprehensive portfolio asset management which includes investment strategies for the management of all SRECS and other environmental incentives.  Solops works with its’ clients  and partners to customize and implement a funding strategy to utilize the development of solar installations to enhance the value of a portfolio by improving cash flow, preserving certain internal hurdle rates of return, or adding value to existing static real estate assets.  Solops has established relationships and strategic partnerships with industry leading solar integration companies and brokerage houses, private equity funds, hedge funds, large investment banks, and regional lending institutions which collectively enhances Solops’ ability to provide flexible creative funding solutions.  For more information, visit



Glassboro School District kicked-off its solar power installation with a groundbreaking ceremony. Pictured (from left – right) are Thomas E. Bowe Principal Kriston Matthews, Board of Education member Susette Jones, Business Administrator/Board Secretary Walt Pudelko, Board of Education member Linda Emory, Superintendent Mark J. Silverstein, FVHD architect George R. Duthie, Board of Education member Anthony Marino, Board of Education President Pete Calvo, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Marina Energy Senior Vice President Stephen Poniatowicz, and Ray Angelini, Inc. Senior Vice President Joe Joyce.

GLASSBORO – Glassboro School District broke ground recently on a solar power project that will produce 589,000 kWh of energy a year at Thomas E. Bowe School. Joe Joyce, senior vice president for project contractor Ray Angelini, Inc. said the energy equates to fueling 5 ½ tanker trucks or 50 houses annually.

At the October 3 Solar Power Groundbreaking Ceremony, Glassboro Board of Education President Pete Calvo remarked, “We are proud to break ground on the installation of solar power at Bowe for many reasons. First, the project is tax and budget neutral. This project was intended to be completed with no impact on district funds, and we are very happy that we kept our promise. Second, shifting to solar power at Bowe will help our district realize energy cost savings. Those savings will allow us as a district to channel less funding into energy bills and more into programs that benefit our students. Lastly, by using ‘green energy,’ we protect our earth and teach our students that energy conservation is a responsibility we all share.”

Ray Angelini, Inc. Project Manager Charles Ross and Joyce indicated that the product will provide opportunities for students to monitor energy usage through informational displays. Glassboro Superintendent Mark J. Silverstein, Ed. D. believes that the project will reap dividends in preparing future students of the new Glassboro High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy. The district’s STEM Academy is expected to debut for the 2013-14 school year.

“Instructional achievement while paramount can only be helped when we can put additional resources into the classroom as we are doing with the solar project. I charge the Thomas E. Bowe students with being the students who enter our upcoming GHS engineering academy so they will design these panels in the future.”

Thomas E. Bowe students, introduced by Principal Kriston Matthews, presented posters to mark the occasion. The colorful posters reflected the education they already received at school in energy conservation (reduce, reuse and recycle).

Attending the ceremony were building and district administrators; Board of Education members Calvo, Linda Emory, Susette Jones and Anthony Marino; Glassboro School District Community Affairs Secretary Jody Rettig; Thomas E. Bowe School students; FVHD architect George R. Duthie; Freeholder Simmons; and representatives from contractor Ray Angelini, Inc. and Marina Energy, a firm that will own/operate the solar array.

Simmons heralded the event, stating, “Glassboro Schools’ solar power purchase agreement project is the perfect example of leveraging private investment for the benefit of public education because every cent we can save in operations is funneled directly into the classroom.  In this case, Ray Angelini, Inc. and Marina Energy have made investments in construction and ownership/management of the ground-mounted array respectively, so there is no capital cost to the taxpayers.  The solar energy generated will reduce energy usage and Co2 emissions, while at the same time cutting energy costs to the Bowe School.”

Calvo took the opportunity to recognize key contributors in the project. “Special thanks to Anthony Marino, Operations Committee Chair; Walt Pudelko, Business Administrator; Drew Sole, Director of Buildings & Grounds; and the Board for supporting this project and seeing it  come to fruition,” said Calvo.

The solar power project will include more than 1,800 panels. Contractors are scheduled to begin installation by next month and complete the project by March 2013.

Sharp and RAI Donate the Power of Sunshine to Paterson Habitat for Humanity

Paterson, N.J., September 18, 2012 – Paterson Habitat for Humanity announced today that Sharp Solar Electronics Corp of Mahwah and Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) are donating solar modules and equipment to bring the gift of sunshine and reduced electric bills to five Paterson Habitat for Humanity homeowners through the donation of an advanced solar energy system. Installation of the solar energy systems is underway and expected to provide Paterson Habitat for Humanity homeowners between 35-50 percent of their anticipated energy usage per year.

“We are thrilled that 60 Sharp employees volunteered to help build these homes so that Paterson Habitat for Humanity homeowners in New Jersey can live in more sustainable homes and pay little or nothing on their energy bills,” said Michael Ludgate, Senior Director of Sales, SESG. “At Sharp, we are dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the future.”

Sharp Electronics Corp of Mahwah is the lead donor and will contribute the solar energy panels for all five homes. Sharp Electronics is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Sharp Inc., a world leader in solar cell production.

The Solar Energy Division of Sewell-based RAI is donating their engineering and installation services and has secured additional equipment donations from Fronius, AET and Elkor.

“This is a major donation of equipment and expertise by these companies,” said Barbara Dunn, executive director, Paterson Habitat for Humanity. “Their generosity is helping to write a new chapter in the history of energy efficient buildings in New Jersey and create a better life for five families.”

The five homes, located at 208-216 Harrison Street in the city’s 4th Ward, will be known as Harrison Green. The homes are designed to meet “LEED for Homes” requirements as well as the environmental standards of New Jersey’s Climate Choice Pilot Program.  The renewable solar energy will provide between 35- 50 percent of the electric and water heating needs.  Solar energy and the overall energy efficient design of the homes mean that the homeowners will pay little or nothing in electric utility bills for most of the year.

The Harrison Green townhouses are being built in cooperation with and partially funded by the state Department of Community Affairs Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Paterson Habitat is focusing its NSP funds on targeted areas of the 4th Ward where it is working in cooperation with other organizations to revitalize whole neighborhoods through construction of new homes and repair or removal of blighted buildings.

Paterson Habitat has been certified by the state as an Energy Star builder and has made a major commitment to using green building materials and techniques in the homes it builds in partnership with low-income families. The organization has served almost 250 families since it began in Paterson in 1984.

About Paterson Habitat for Humanity
Paterson Habitat helps low-income families afford homes by offering them zero-interest mortgages and building new homes with volunteer construction teams and the volunteer labor of the homeowner families. The organization has served almost 250 families since it began in Paterson in 1984.  For more information, please visit and find out how you can donate or volunteer today.

About Sharp
Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy solutions, LED lighting and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS® Quattron™ LCD televisions and 3DTVs, AQUOS BOARD™ interactive display systems, SharpVision® projectors, Insight® Microwave Drawer® ovens, Notevision® multimedia projectors and Plasmacluster® air purifiers. For more information visit Sharp Electronics Corporation at  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

About Ray Angelini, Inc.
Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) is a commercial solar design build, solar maintenance, electrical construction, general construction, and power systems testing and commissioning firm. Founded in 1974 by Raymond J. Angelini, as an electrical contracting company, RAI established a solar division in 2004 and has since completed solar projects throughout NJ, PA, DE and MD, including the Atlantic City Convention Center—the largest single-roof power array installation in the country at the time of completion in December 2008. RAI is recognized by NJBIZ magazine as the largest solar provider in NJ. RAI is a Butler Builder® construction professional.  To learn more about RAI, visit or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566.

RAI Completes Solar Array at 
Cumberland Regional High School



SEABROOK, NJ (September 10, 2012) — RAI recently completed the solar installation at Cumberland Regional High School, 90 Silver Lake Road, Seabrook, NJ.  The system consists of 1040 Solarworld 250-watt modules, tied to one PVPowered 260kW inverter.  The electricity generated by this system will help the school district reduce its utility costs for years to come. Through a web interface, students, faculty, and district residents can access real-time data about the weather, system power and energy output, as well as monitor the performance of the Solar Electric Facility.

RAI Welcomes Congressman Andrews




US Congressman Rob Andrews visited the headquarters of Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) July 27, 2012 and answered employee questions ranging from jobs creations and the solar industry regionally to congressional priories and the future of healthcare nationally.

“It is an honor and pleasure to host Congressman Andrews at our offices today,” said Raymond Angelini, president of Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI), Sewell, NJ. Founded in 1975 by Angelini, RAI provides electrical contracting, general construction, solar energy design/build/maintenance, and power systems testing services.

Ray Angelini, Inc. Recognized With Safety Award


Jim Specht, Safety Director, Ray Angelini, Inc., (RAI), Sewell, NJ, recently accepted the 
Division of Public Safety & Occupational Safety & Health Award on behalf of RAI 
for its participation in the Governor’s Annual Occupational Safety & Health (PSOSH) Program 
for two consecutive years without lost time from a work-related injury or illness. 
Pictured from left to right are Joseph Schwed, Chairman, NJ State Industrial Safety Committee, 
Jim Specht, and PSOSH Director Howard Black.

SEWELL, NJ (June 15, 2012)—Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI®) recently received the Division of Public Safety & Occupational Safety & Health (POSOSH) Award for its participation in the Governor’s Occupational Safety & Health Program for two consecutive years without lost time from a work-related injury or illness.

The Governor’s Annual Occupational Safety and Health Awards recognize achievement in the prevention of occupational injuries.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of our employees,” said Jim Specht, Safety Director, RAI.  “We pride ourselves in consistently educating and communicating safety as our number one priority, and this award is recognition of the results of everyone’s relentless work to that end over the last two years.”

The 84th annual awards banquet, sponsored by South Jersey Industrial Safety Council in cooperation with New Jersey Department of Labor, was held on May 16, 2012 at Auletto Caterers, Almonesson, NJ.

RAI serves public and private clients in NJ, PA, DE and MD in various industries, including transit, data centers, schools, universities, government, industrial plants, medical facilities, and more.  Established by Ray Angelini in 1975 as an electrical contracting company, today RAI is a full service electrical contracting, general construction, power systems testing, and design/build/maintenance solar energy company.

To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc., visit or call the Sewell, NJ headquarters at 856-228-5566.

RAI is a registered trademark of Ray Angelini, Inc.

Princeton Racquet Club and RAI Inaugurate Solar Array

(l to r):  Ray Angelini, President, Ray Angelini, Inc.; South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese, and Judy Vogt, Colleen Cosgrove, and Bob Higgins of Princeton Racquet Club (PRC) participate in the June 8 Ribbon Cutting at PRC 
to inaugurate the facility’s new solar roof array.

Photovoltaic Array Expected To Generate 97.7%
Of Facility’s Electric Consumption

PRINCETON, NJ (June 11, 2012)—Local officials, United States Tennis Association (USTA) representatives and company employees gathered Friday to inaugurate a new 154.44 kW solar power array at Princeton Racquet Club (PRC), 150 Raymond Road, designed and built by Ray Angelini, Inc., (RAI) Sewell, New Jersey.

Completed March 2012, the solar array enables business owners Colleen Cosgrove and Judith Davidson Vogt to meet approximately 97.7% of the building’s electrical consumption with clean, safe, emissions-free solar power, reducing the building’s carbon footprint by more than 97,985 pounds each year. This is equal to removing 8.5 cars from the road each year, planting 21 acres of trees, and is enough energy to power 28 homes each year.

At a ceremony held at 1 p.m. on June 8, 2012—17 years to the day that PRC proprietors Cosgrove and Vogt purchased the facility—South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese and USTA officials meet with PRC staff and RAI representative to cut the ribbon on one of the many solar projects in NJ to help businesses go green and save on operating costs. This project supplies a portion of the building’s energy needs, helping owners to lower utility costs. With the electricity savings also comes an annual savings of 110 barrels of oil, which is what would be required to create this amount of electricity.

“We are delighted to be using solar to help meet the energy needs of this building—and contributing to NJ’s efforts regarding renewable energy initiatives,” said Judith Davidson Vogt, proprietor, PRC.  “This project will serve to stabilize the facility’s utility costs, and assist in generating reliable and renewable energy in our State.”

“This project has a number of benefits to Princeton Racquet Club—lower energy costs, fixed pricing for the long term, and the added benefit of the club being a good steward of the environment,” said Joe Joyce, Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, RAI.  “Princeton Racquet Club’s business results in physically fit customers.
Renewable energy projects such as this one, composed of solar modules made in the U.S. are not only healthy for our environment, but also healthy for our economy as we create new clean tech jobs throughout region and the nation,” said Joyce.

According to RAI project manager Jason Kaplan, this solar electric system is installed on a standing seam metal roofed pre-engineered building with a 32,160 approximate square foot roof.  The system uses 702 Trina 220-watt panels, an AET flush mounted racking system, and a Satcon® inverter.

“The building is nearly ideally situated due south, which allows more sunlight incident on the solar modules thereby maximizing their energy output over the course of the day,” added Kaplan. “The inverter converts the DC electricity created by the modules on the roof into AC electricity useable by the building and exportable to the electric grid.”

About Princeton Racquet Club
Open daily, PRC offers an indoor complex consisting of six cushion deco turf hard courts. Customers either sign up for regular weekly time contracts on an open court or participate in one of the weekly programs. Tennis lessons and golf/hitting cage are available for a fee. Other features include a Pro Shop and stringing services; a nursery; locker rooms in the main building and the “barn” with restrooms, lockers and showers; complimentary coffee and tea; an all-purpose room; upper lobby with courtside viewing and two lower lobbies with Cable TV and a VCR. The main building and “barn” are available for party rental at select times as well as the outdoor courts, including the picnic tables and grills.

About Ray Angelini, Inc.
Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) is a commercial solar design/build/maintenance provider, electrical and general contractor, and power systems testing and commissioning firm. Founded in 1974 by Raymond J. Angelini as an electrical contracting company, RAI established a solar division in 2004 and has since completed solar projects throughout NJ, PA, DE and MD, including the Atlantic City Convention Center—the largest single-roof power array installation in the country at the time of completion in December 2008. RAI is recognized by NJBIZ magazine as the largest solar provider in NJ. RAI is a Butler Builder® construction professional.  To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc., please visit or call the Sewell, NJ headquarters at 856-228-5566.

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