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Motech Americas Announces East Coast Installation of the Year

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Ray Angelini, President, Ray Angelini, Inc., receives the East Coast Installation of the Year Award from Motech Americas LLC 
President Eric Kuo.

NEWARK, DE (May 23, 2012)—Motech Americas LLC, a solar company with a 20-year heritage of manufacturing the highest quality solar panels, announced today that Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI®) has won its East Coast Installation of the Year award for its solar photovoltaic (PV) system installations for the Long Branch School District, Long Branch, NJ. For a project to qualify as a Motech Installation of the Year it must embody innovative design, quality workmanship, efficient installation and best-in-class safety practices.

RAI utilized Motech IM60 235W solar modules manufactured in Delaware to successfully complete the design and installation of 10 solar photovoltaic (PV) system installations for the district—eight roof arrays and two canopy arrays. The largest array—559 kW consisting of 2,379 panels—was installed on the roof of the high school. There were seven other locations throughout the district where RAI installed solar panels, including a 100 kW installation at Anastasia Elementary School, a 62 kW installation at Gregory Elementary School, 156 kW at Lenna Conrow Elementary School, 101 kW at Audrey Clark Elementary School, 773 kW at Long Branch Middle School, 189 kW at Morris Avenue School, and 14 kW at the Long Branch Board of Education.

Many of the school district buildings have flat roofs that receive direct, unobstructed sunlight allowing the panels to gather and generate optimal solar power. In addition to the schools roofs being outfitted with solar panels, there are also solar canopies in two school parking lots. The system will produce over 2,357 kW annually, providing approximately 25% of the peak energy demand of the school district, saving over $421,949 per year in electricity costs. By utilizing the solar panels, the district is also receiving solar renewable energy credits, which could generate additional funds for the schools. All of these locations are now generating solar energy as the panels have been activated.

“We are proud to provide solar modules to an organization as rich in solar experience and knowledge as RAI,” stated Derick Botha, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Motech Americas. “RAI cares about their customers and the community. We at Motech appreciate the opportunity to work with such a professional organization.”

RAI has also provided the district with kiosks that educate students about the solar energy process.

About Motech Americas
Motech Americas LLC, subsidiary of Motech Industries, Inc., is one of the most experienced manufacturers of solar modules with the Newark, Delaware facility in operation for more than 20 years. Motech utilizes Six-Sigma rigor, best in class quality, and customer fulfillment standards that are second to none. Intelligently and vertically integrated, Motech Industries, Inc. is the sixth largest solar cell manufacturer in the world, providing complete control over its supply chain and access to superior cell products. For additional information access http://www.motech-americas.com .

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

RAI Employees Volunteer In The Community

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RAI Engineers Chris Baralus and Jamie Gooch receive certificates of recognition from the Kiwanis Club of Greater Woodbury Past President Amelia Kressler for their presentation, “An Overview of Solar as an Alternative Energy Source,” at the monthly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Woodbury on May 17, 2012.

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RAI Chief Engineer Joe Camarota (left) and his fellow volunteers of the NJ registered non-profit corporation “9/11 Memorial Trucks” Peter Urso, Linda Camarota, and Jonathan Urso proudly displayed the 9/11 memorial fire truck 343 at Barb’s Harley Davidson Spring Open House in Mt. Ephraim on Saturday, May 12, 2012, in honor of its crew who lost their lives trying to save people at the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001.

Angelini Joins Executive Committee of Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester County

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As Member, Angelini Will Chair Facilities Committee

WOODBURY, NJ (April 9, 2012)—Raymond J. Angelini recently joined the Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester County Board of Directors’ Executive Committee and will serve as the Chairman of the organization’s Facilities Committee.

Angelini is president of Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI), Sewell, NJ, which he founded in 1975. The company provides electrical contracting, general construction, solar energy design/build/maintenance, and power systems testing services.

“Ray is a great asset to the organization,” says Nick Mitcho, Boys & Girls Club Board President. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and strong management background, which is just what’s needed as we develop a Board to advance the organization to serve the youth that need a Club the most in Gloucester County and Ray is a key member in that effort.”

According to Robert Taylor, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester County, Angelini will oversee and manage facility improvements and expansion of space to create a Teen Center at the Paulsboro NJ Clubhouse.

Angelini resides in Woodbury, NJ with Lynne, his wife.

School’s Cost-Saving Solar Installation Turns Into Educational Tool for Students

Local Contractor Designs and Builds Solar Demo Shed
for Science Projects

COLUMBUS, NJ (January 23, 2012)—Just two years after the ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of a solar energy system at the Northern Burlington Regional School District here, teachers at the school are using a new solar demonstration shed for science lessons.

Ray Angelini, Inc., Sewell, NJ, designer and builder of the 2009 193.5 kW solar energy roof installation, consisting of 864 Sharp® modules, at the school also built a solar demonstration shed at the school’s request.

“The shed has three 235-watt solar panels on its roof and electrical components inside,” said Jason Kaplan, project manager, Ray Angelini, Inc.  “A meter on the shed provides information such as voltage, amps and the energy captured from the sun, which is stored in batteries—it’s all DC powered.”

On completion, Kaplan provided a brief tour of the solar demonstration shed to geometry and science teachers and students, school administrators and local police.

“Some of the students asked if they could charge their cell phones from the solar shed,” said Kaplan.  “The facilities people were interested in adding lights to the shed.  Really, you can charge or do a number of different things with this.”

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.  Originally established in 1975 by Ray Angelini as an electrical contracting company, today RAI is a full service design/build/maintenance solar energy company.

The company was recognized as the largest solar industry contractor in the region in 2011 by NJBIZ magazine.  To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc., visit www.raiservices.com or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566.

View video clip of J. Kaplan’s presentation of solar demo shed at Northern Burlington School:  http://youtu.be/Ui7BoMa7ISo

Public Sector Solar – Make Your Project More Attractive to Investors

To date, the public sector has been a large part of the solar business in New Jersey. Projects done via Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are everywhere and many schools and municipalities are already enjoying the benefits of clean, renewable solar energy.

Public sector projects involve public bidding. RFPs are issued by a variety of companies – engineers, consultants and architects – on behalf of their clients. These professional services firms provide a great service to the school district or municipality.

Financing public projects requires PPAs because the public sector doesn’t have the ability to monetize tax credits or depreciation.

A year ago, it was not uncommon to see RFPs for solar projects that included ‘free’ roofs, lots of carport canopies and large professional services fees built in. And when SRECs were trading for $650, the project’s economics could support that. But it’s a new day.

The companies that invest in and finance projects are the ones calling the shots. And they’re saying they aren’t interested in projects with high levels of non-solar costs. It’s not the solar integrators, engineers, architects or consultants…it’s the finance sector. But without financing, none of these projects can get off the ground. It’s not uncommon now for RFPs to get no responses when they have high non-solar costs. And that helps none of us.

So what can you do? A few things. First, prepare for more modest savings in electricity costs. You may have heard of deals done with costs per kWh of 2 or 3 cents. Maybe even free. Those days are over. Expect at least 8-9 cents on a large, very clean deal, maybe more. The second thing you can do is to make your project more attractive to investors than other projects. Insist that the fees are kept to a minimum. Forget about ‘free’ roofs. And for now, shy away from carports unless you’re prepared for higher electricity rates. Lastly, prepare yourself for contract negotiations with the PPA company. Certain terms have to be included in the PPA to make it financeable. It’s a collaborative process, not ‘take it or leave it.’

Going solar is a wonderful thing. Good luck!

Certainty of Execution and Why It’s Important

Financing solar projects has always been fairly complex. It involves tax credits, depreciation and state incentives. The ability to monetize these is key. We all know that the value of New Jersey SRECs has come way down from the prices they commanded less than a year ago. That has made financing projects even more challenging. And many projects have become ‘stranded.’

Not a day goes by that we aren’t contacted by some company claiming they can finance solar projects. Usually the story is that the principals of the firm are from Wall Street and they’ve got lots of money to invest. No problem with all of that. However, the ability to perform is usually suspect.

One of the responsibilities of my job is ensuring that the financial partners we go to market with can actually perform should we win the business. It’s one of the most important things to our business. Which brings me to the title of this blog entry. If you are considering several proposals from solar companies, you actually have two decision processes. First, ensure the solar company has done it many times before. Then, you also need to vigorously vet the financial partner. No question should be out of bounds. Ask how they are accounting for SRECs, whether they have rock solid firm financing commitments for your project, what contingencies are in their offer, etc.

If you do your homework, you can minimize the risk inherent in financing solar projects. Insist upon financing partners who can demonstrate their ability to perform. You need to be confident that they can execute. If you have the right financial partner and you’ve chosen the right solar integrator, you’re on your way.

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

SEWELL, NJ (August 31, 2011)—Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) recently received the Governor’s Annual Occupational Safety and Health Award for achievement in the prevention of occupational injuries during the year 2010.

“I am proud to accept this 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.”

Specht accepted the Citation of Merit on behalf of RAI, awarded to a company for working throughout the calendar year without lost time from a work-related injury or illness.  Specht also accepted the Division of Public Safety & Occupational Safety & Health Award on behalf of Active Construction Corp. Sewell, NJ, for participation in the program for two consecutive calendar years without lost time from a work-related injury or illness.

The 83rd Annual awards banquet, sponsored by South Jersey Industrial Safety Council in cooperation with New Jersey Department of Labor, was held on May 25, 2011 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.  Originally established in 1975 by Ray Angelini as an electrical contracting company, today RAI is a full service electrical contracting, general construction, and design build solar energy company.

The company was recognized as the largest solar industry contractor in the region in 2011 by NJBIZ magazine.  To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc., visit www.raiservices.com or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566.

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Jim Specht, Safety Director, Ray Angelini, Inc. headquarter in Sewell, NJ, recently received the Governor’s Annual Occupational Safety and Health Award on behalf of the company at a banquet held at Auletto Caterers, Almonesson, NJ.  Pictured from left to right are Division of Public Safety & Occupational Safety & Health (PSOSH) Director Howard Black, Jim Specht, NJ State Industrial Safety Committee Vice Chair Robert Sagendorf, and NJ State Safety Council President William Margaretta.

Ray Angelini, Inc. Launches Blog Targeted to Commercial Solar Market

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Ray Angelini, Inc. recently launched, RAI Blog—A Solar Industry Update, which can be accessed 
at http://blog.raiservices.com or from the company’s home page at http://www.raiservices.com.
The blog offers readers insight into the ever-changing and fast-moving solar energy industry, based 
on the company’s experience as the largest commercial solar provider in the region and a local, 
privately-held business for nearly 40 years.

SEWELL, NJ (August 22, 2011)—Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) recently launched, RAI Blog—A Solar Industry Update (www.blog.raiservices.com), that will share with readers not only the company’s solar industry experiences, but also the company’s experiences gained in its nearly 40 years of business in the tri-state region.

“As the leading commercial solar integrator in New Jersey, we often hear from customers how our insight is helpful to them in being able to make sound business decisions,” said Ray Angelini, founder and president, RAI. “We are happy to help in this regard, because our business philosophy has always been that of partnering with our customers.”

Designed to assist current and prospective customers in navigating the solar industry maze, the blog will offer ideas and perspective on topics such as financing opportunities, the volatile SREC market, the virtues of structural engineering, and more.

“We’re bullish on solar, always have been,” said Sean Angelini, solar division manager, RAI.”Yet solar projects are complex, and a significant investment.”

“In order to feel confident in making the investment, customers need to understand all the moving parts and how they fit together,” said Joe Joyce, senior vice president of sales and marketing, RAI, and one of the blog’s authors. “RAI helps simplify the complexity of a solar project.  Having done more than any other solar provider, we know this stuff.”

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.  Originally established in 1975 by Ray Angelini as an electrical contracting company, today RAI offers these additional services from its three locations:  design and build solar energy projects, solar maintenance and systems monitoring, power systems testing, energy reduction design and installation, industrial electric, and general contracting.

The company was recognized as the largest solar industry contractor in the region in 2011 by NJBIZ magazine.  To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc., visit www.raiservices.com or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566.

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