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LOCAL BUSINESS GENERATES OVER ONE MILLION KILOWATT HOURS OF CLEAN ELECTRICITY FROM SOLAR ENERGY

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Carbon Footprint Reduced by 778 Tons

DEPTFORD TWP, NJ (August 01, 2013)—Over the last six years, the solar array on the roof tops of the equipment storage building and offices of Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) here has generated clean electricity, day in and day out, summer and winter, year after year, and recently reached a milestone by generating over one million kilowatt hours of electricity—carbon free.
A regional leader in the renewable energy and electrical contracting fields—NJBIZ magazine recently named RAI as the largest solar provider in NJ—RAI Founder and President Ray Angelini is not only a businessman, but also an environmentalist.

“Striving to reduce negative impacts on our environment has been a personal goal for me,” said RAI President Ray Angelini. “So helping other commercial business owners reduce their carbon footprint makes a whole lot of sense.”

Angelini established RAI in 1974 as an electrical contracting firm.  In 2004, contemplating his firm’s potential role in the region’s emerging solar industry, Angelini believed that if he was to sell clients a system that used solar as a renewable energy source, he, too, should be an owner of a solar array.  He invested over $1 million and constructed the system.  Today, potential solar clients tour RAI facilities to view the array and learn about the system.

“We provide solutions not only for your electrical needs, but also for your energy needs,” says Angelini.

In 2008, RAI built the largest single-roof power array installation in the country at the time for the Atlantic City Convention Center. More recently, RAI designed, built, and installed solar arrays for Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ; CHOP, Philadelphia, PA; Lincoln Financial Field—home of the Philadelphia Eagles, Williams Sonoma, South Brunswick, NJ; the Government Services Administration’s (GSA) Veteran’s Administration Center, Philadelphia, PA; Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; the headquarters of glass manufacturer J.E. Berkowitz LP, Pedricktown, NJ; Gloucester County College, Sewell, NJ; and many public school systems across the region.

For years, the solar array at RAI produced all of the electricity required to operate the company’s headquarters.  However, business growth led to the need for additional buildings at the headquarters location and increased electricity usage.  Therefore, Angelini plans to build another solar rooftop array on one of the additions.

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

Ray Angelini, Inc. Recognized With Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Award

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Pictured from left to right: Alex Ruiz, Treasurer, NJ State Industrial Safety Committee; 
William Margaretta, President, NJ State Safety Council; Lisa Brody, Coordinator, Solar Maintenance Division, RAI; 
Jim Specht, Safety Director, RAI; and Howard Black, Director, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

SEWELL, NJ (July 9, 2013)—Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) recently received the Governor’s Annual Occupational Safety and Health Award for achievement in the prevention of occupational injuries, specifically the Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Award given for achieving 1,161,112 consecutive hours of work without a disabling injury from January 2010 through December 2012.

“I am proud to accept the Governor’s award on behalf of RAI 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 everyone’s relentless work, upholding the highest standards for safety.”

The 85rd annual awards banquet, sponsored by South Jersey Industrial Safety Council in cooperation with New Jersey Department of Labor, was held on May 8, 2013 at Auletto Caterers, Almonesson, NJ.

RAI provides electrical contracting and electrical-related services to public and private clients in NJ, PA, DE and MD in various industries, including data centers, schools, universities, government, industrial plants, medical facilities, transit and more.  Originally established by Ray Angelini in 1974 as an electrical contracting company, today RAI is a full service electrical contracting, power systems testing, and design build solar energy company.

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

Gloucester Township school districts announce $20M solar project

By Jason Laday/South Jersey Times on June 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

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Gloucester Township Mayor, David Mayer speaks at the kick off for the solar energy efficiency project in front of the Loring Flemming Elementary School in Blackwood, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (Staff Photo by Calista Condo/South Jersey Times)

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Joe Joyce, the Senior Vice President for Ray Angelini, Inc. speaks about being part of the largest solar project in New Jersey during the Gloucester Township kick off for the solar energy efficiency project at Loring Flemming Elementary School in Blackwood on Tuesday. (Staff Photo by Calista Condo/South Jersey Times)

GLOUCESTER TWP. — Boasting what they described as one of the largest public shared service agreements in the state, officials on Wednesday announced a $20 million solar project that will cover not just the township, but also two school districts. The project, which is slated for completion at the end of the year, will provide power to the Gloucester Township public works building as well as 10 schools across the Gloucester and Black Horse Pike Regional school districts. According to Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer, the project will save more than $4 million in energy costs over the next 15 years. “Our township has become a state and national leader in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency,” said Mayer. “The installation of these solar panels — along with some of our energy efficiency projects at 11 sites and 10 schools — will continue to save the township substantial energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint.”

The estimated total amount of energy to be generated by the project’s 21,000 solar panels is six megawatts, which officials said is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of approximately 850 homes. That much power would “avoid the creation of 4,200 tons of carbon dioxide,” said Mayer. Ray Angelini Inc. (RAI), will oversee construction, with the $20 million investment provided by Marina Energy, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries, based in Folsom. Marina Energy will own the solar panels and sell the power to the township and school districts at a discount, according to Mayer. According to Mayer representatives from RAI, the project will produce up to 350 jobs during its lifetime. “There have been similar projects before this, but never to the scope and scale as this project,” said Joe Joyce, senior vice president of sales and marketing for RAI. “This will be one of the largest such projects in the public sector in New Jersey.” –Contact Jason Laday at 856-686-3628 or jladay@southjerseymedia.com.

The Solar Business Is Growing Up

The solar business continues to evolve. We’re starting to see some really interesting technologies that offer great promise. RAI has long been at the forefront of bringing innovative energy technologies to our customers. We explore those things that we think might enable us to enhance the value we bring.

Lately, we’ve been involved with some projects where new energy storage technology is involved. Early returns show real promise. Of course, any new technology needs to quickly evolve to meet the needs of the customer and we’re helping guide that, working hand in hand with the developers and manufacturers of that technology.

We’re now seeing RFPs for renewable energy projects that include not only solar, but also wind, storage, sophisticated software systems, fuel cells and a whole host of other technologies.

We commit to continuing to enthusiastically and responsibly explore promising technologies. The innovation in the energy business is exciting…we’re pleased to be a part of it. If you’d like to learn more, please give us a call.

Clayton School District Solar Project Media Advisory

Who: Clayton School District, in conjunction with Blue Sky Power LLC, Marina Energy LLC, and Ray Angelini, Inc.

What: Solar Project Completion Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting

When: Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. (Rain date is Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m.)

Where: Clayton High School, 350 East Clinton Street, Clayton, NJ 08312

Background: Join officials from Clayton School District, Blue Sky Power LLC, Marina Energy LLC and Ray Angelini, Inc. in addition to other distinguished guests to celebrate the completion of a 228 kilowatt, roof mounted solar array to serve the school system.

The project, which kicked off in November, included the installation of 895 solar panels that support the electricity needs of the school.

“This project marks an exciting development for Clayton, as we become a more sustainable district and reduce our dependence on the electric grid,” said David Lindenmuth, superintendent of Clayton School District.

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RAI President Ray Angelini and Senior VP of Sales & Marketing Joe Joyce help celebrate the completion of a 228 kilowatt, roof mounted solar array to serve the Clayton, NJ, school system on April 26, 2013 with project partners Blue Sky Power PPC and Marina Energy LLC.

Making Electricity from Sunlight

RAI Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Joe Joyce created a solar demonstration for nearly 50 children who participated in the “Take Our Children to Work Day” event on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at South Jersey Gas, Folsom, NJ. Entitled, “Making Electricity From Sunlight,” Joe’s presentation afforded the kids the opportunity to get close and hands-on with an actual solar panel.

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Philadelphia Eagles green: Lincoln Financial Field generating energy with solar panels, turbines

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Solar panels go up at Lincoln Financial Field. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer).

Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013, 3:00 AM

The Eagles’ newest player is a real powerhouse.

The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year.

Yes, the long-awaited solar panels and wind turbines at Lincoln Financial Field are up and running.

More than 11,000 panels have been positioned atop the roof, over some of the parking spots, and armoring the side of the building along I-95.

Those are the workhorses.

The eye candy is the 14 wind turbines atop the ends of the stadium – meant to distract visiting kickers, one official joked.

Actually, they are intended to be “a visual representation of our commitment to sustainable efforts,” said Eagles president Don Smolenski.

But no less, a sign of football brio.

Drawings of a previous incarnation of the project made the turbines look disappointingly like party pinwheels. Among stadium folks, the new ones, which are 15 feet tall and weigh 1,016 pounds each, are said to resemble “bad-ass eggbeaters.”

On sunny days when not much is going on at the stadium, the power from the $30 million array will go back into the grid. On game days, the stadium will be sucking power back from the grid.
At the final tally, 30 percent of the power used in the stadium is expected to come from the panels and turbines. As for the rest, the team is purchasing renewable energy credits to cover it.

As for the $30 million, it may sound pricey, but it’s only the equivalent of the base salary for just five of the top players this season. (Those particular powerhouses are Jason Peters, $10.4 million; DeSean Jackson, $6.75 million; DeMeco Ryans, $6.6 million; plus Michael Vick and Trent Cole, $3.5 million each.)

The project has been as elusive as a playoff appearance the last two seasons. The Eagles announced a similar plan in 2010 with Florida-based Solar Blue, aiming for the project to be completed by the 2011 home opener. But the details couldn’t be worked out, and the team came up with a new game plan and a new partner, NRG Solutions of Princeton.

NRG, which put up the $30 million, will own, maintain, and operate the system. The Eagles have agreed to buy back power from NRG for a predetermined price over a set period of time.
Whether it actually saves the team money remains to be seen; it depends on how much electricity rates rise in coming years.

But what it does provide, Smolenski said, is predictability. The Eagles know what their electric costs, one of the largest expenses for the stadium, will be for years to come.
NRG’s solar installation at Lincoln Financial Field is the NFL’s largest.
The company has partnerships with seven other teams.

At the Washington Redskins’ FedEx Field, NRG panels are atop a new parking structure and ramps.

At MetLife Stadium, where the New York Jets and New York Giants play, NRG installed a “solar ring” of 1,350 panels that doubles as a dramatic lighting statement.

The New England Patriots’ Patriot Place has panels atop an open-air retail complex.
More installations are in the works for Houston, Dallas, and the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

NRG has bragging rights to being the largest competitive power producer in the country, creating enough energy to power almost 40 million homes. Its fleet of power plants is dominated by more traditional fuels – nuclear, coal, and natural gas.

Tom Gros, president of NRG Solutions, said the idea behind the NFL projects was not just to make power, but to make a statement.

“We wanted people who come to this iconic structure to think about energy differently,” he said. Not to mention thinking about his firm differently.

Most people think of solar panels as things you plop on a roof, and wind turbines as those towering windmills atop high hills.

But the building-front panels at the Linc are interspersed with LED lights that resemble the wings on the Eagles’ helmets. The turbines are significantly snazzier.

“What you see in this array is a statement of our future,” Gros said.

NRG was interested in football stadiums because of their visibility.

That’s good news for Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council who has coordinated greening efforts for major-league sports teams.

He has been pushing for pro sports to green up their act for years because they are so influential. “Thirteen percent of Americans follow science,” he said. “Sixty-one percent of Americans follow sports. If you want to change the world, you have to go where the people are.”

The Eagles, he noted, were the first professional sports team in the nation to start down the green path, beginning with blue paper-recycling buckets that went under every desk.
Then came the public service announcements and the advertising. By now, the Eagles are recycling 99.8 percent of their waste. They are converting used fryer oil from the concession stands to biodiesel and are using it in their equipment. They are composting food waste.

“They still represent the gold standard in stadium greening,” Hershkowitz said.
Next in the Eagles’ playbook is a way to capture the rain that waterfalls off the roof. Maybe use it to flush the toilets or water the field, said Leonard Bonacci, vice president of events and operations.

But for now, the solar panels and turbines are the focus.

The team first started tracking the power it produces on Feb. 8. By the end of last week, the system had generated roughly 720,000 kilowatt hours of power – enough to power an average home for 63 years.

And as Bonacci boasted recently to a group of visiting high school students: The team remains undefeated so far this year.

Things are Positive in NJ Solar, But Patience is Needed

In the past few weeks, there have been a number of news items regarding the increase in the spot market value of NJ SRECs. After hitting lows of around $70, they’re now back up to around $120. 3 year forward contracts can be found. These are welcome developments. We’d like to see 5 year contracts because that gives lenders and investors the certainty of SREC values they need for their ROI calculations.

Commercial solar is coming back steadily. We’ve seen several public sector projects in the past few months. We’ve built a number of them and are building more. We’re hopeful the private sector picks up speed.

Patience is essential. We expected the utility SREC financing programs to come back online sometime in the 2nd quarter. That would be just shy of a year since Governor Christie signed the law. However, the Board of Public Utilities has granted the utilities a 6 month extension before the programs need to be in place. We’re now looking at the end of the year at the earliest for those programs. And we need them. They provide the certainty and stability of SREC values that investors need. We’re hoping these programs actually do come online this year.

So there’s reason for optimism. The SREC financing programs are coming, they’re just going to take a little longer than we would have liked. But they’ll get here.

Bonus Depreciation for Solar Still Exists!

Buried in the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ legislation that was recently passed is the extension of 50% first year Bonus Depreciation for commercial solar installations. Projects have to be placed into service no later than December 31, 2013 and is eligible for commercial taxable entities (no residential, not-for-profit or government agencies).

We’re witnessing the return of the New Jersey solar business (slow but steady). The anticipation of the utility SREC financing programs (at whatever price level) is bringing back confidence. Equipment prices are now more affordable. The industry has gone back to being mainly serious solar players. ALL GOOD THINGS FOR ALL OF US.

Think about it – you get to depreciate half of the project in the first year then enjoy fully writing it off over the next 5 years. Add the 30% federal investment tax credit and the ability to sell SRECs. Now is the time to start re-thinking solar at your business. We can help.

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