From left to right: Jim Merkins, General Counsel, Ray Angelini, Inc.; Joe Joyce, Sr. VP Sales and Marketing, Ray Angelini, Inc.; Russell Hann, Vice-President, BOE; Betty Wright, President, BOE; Joseph Caputo, BOE; Suzanne Phillips; Stephen Poniatowicz, Sr. VP & COO, Marina Energy; Angelo Butera, RYEBREAD Architects; Michael Harris, Superintendent of Schools, and Barbara Godfrey, Business Administrator.
October 30, 2013 (VINCENTOWN, NJ) – Local and county officials today joined the Southampton Board of Education, solar system owner Marina Energy and solar provider Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 554 kW solar photovoltaic system on the grounds of School #2 and School #3.
Superintendent Michael Harris and School Board President Betty Wright joined with executives from Marina Energy, RAI, RYBREAD Architects, and Board of Education members, Russell Hann, Joseph Caputo, Jeffery Hicks and Suzanne Phillips to mark the start of the solar project which, over 15 years, is projected to save Southampton taxpayers $1,056,000 with zero taxpayer dollars used for the construction or operation of the system. Marina Energy will own the system and sell the electricity to the school district at a discounted rate for 15 years.
“This is yet another historic day in Southampton. Even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits today for the ground breaking of the Solar Project, although this project has taken over two years to begin, I am thrilled that it has finally come to fruition. This is a win win situation for everyone, not only will we be saving energy, we will recognize a cost savings of approximately one million dollars over the next fifteen years. We will also reap the benefit of an outdoor classroom experience with the planting of the buffering zone that will enhance the area.., When the solar PV system is operational, it will generate approximately 98% of the electricity used in School #2 and School #3, all without impacting our environment.” said Board of Education President, Wright.
Superintendent Harris stated “Our solar project will provide an excellent educational experience for our students and residents alike as a result of the landscaping that will occur as part of the buffering plan for the solar ground array. The landscaping will include wild grasses, wildflowers and shrubbery.We are planning on using this area for environmental education classes.”
“Marina is proud to be a partner with Southampton Schools to help drive the cost of energy down,” said Stephen Poniatowicz, Sr. VP & COO, Marina Energy.
“Bringing this project to construction has been a long journey,” commented Joe Joyce, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, RAI. “We’re happy to be chosen to design and build it. It is a testament to the dedication of the Southampton Board of Education to both save taxpayers money and provide an environmental educational opportunity.”
About Ray Angelini, Inc.
Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI®) is a commercial electrical contracting firm and solar provider. Founded in 1974 by Raymond J. Angelini, RAI provides services for all the electrical needs of commercial clients, including: power systems testing and commissioning; industrial electric services and special products design; renewable energy services; energy efficiency programs; solar energy system preventive maintenance programs; and communications and cellular tower construction/maintenance, communications radios/antennas, and structured cabling. To learn more about RAI or to schedule a tour of our campus and solar arrays, visit www.raiservices.com or call the Sewell, New Jersey-based headquarters at 856228-5566.
About Marina Energy
Marina Energy, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), specializes in the design, construction and operation of 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 www.sjindustries.com.
About RYBREAD Architects
The Power Purchase Agreement RFP for the Southampton BOE was written by Angelo P. Butera, AIA, LEED Accredited Professional, and Sustainability Partner of the firm RYEBREAD (Regan Young England Butera, Referendums, Engineering, Architecture, Design), in conjunction with the District’s law firm, Capehart & Scatchard. RYEBREAD has been the Southampton Architect-of-Record since 1994, and has been responsible for numerous BOE capital projects, including School #2, reroofing, security systems, and other facility upgrades. The firm has been recognized as “South Jersey’s Best Architects” by SJ Biz magazine for the past three years, and “Burlington County’s Best Architects” by the Burlington County Times every year since 1998.
About Taylor Design Group, Inc.
Community Planning.Landscape Architecture Taylor Design Group is an award winning Community Planning and Landscape Architecture firm located in Mount Laurel, NJ. TDG provides creative solutions and the highest level of professional service to our clients throughout the State. Main areas of expertise of the firm include: Park Planning & Design, Streetscape Design, Redevelopment & Downtown Revitalization Plans, Planning and Zoning Board Consulting.