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Micro Grid Project to Shrink Carbon Footprint and Energy Bills for New Jersey Senior Living Facility

South Jersey-Based Alternative Energy Specialist Ray Angelini Inc. Provides All Construction Services On Project

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ (April 22, 2016)—On Earth Day, Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) celebrated along with industry allies, the recent completion of a $8.9 million sustainable makeover of the Masonic Village senior living community, Burlington, NJ, a project that makes Masonic Village part of the trend toward energy efficient and resilient senior living facilities in the northeastern United States.

Energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G Rudox Inc., alternative energy specialist Ray Angelini Inc. (RAI), Blue Sky Power LLC, and MCFA Global teamed up to complete the design, engineering, construction, and financing on the Masonic Village campus-wide micro grid project. The project will result in carbon and cost savings at no capital expense to the charitable organization.

“The upgrades will reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by approximately 452 metric tons per year, the equivalent benefit of negating more than one million miles driven by the average car,” said Mike Wessner, business development manager, RAI.

“With this project, ENER-G Rudox delivers a solution that many are excited about, but few have accomplished. We have been able to turn the ‘academic’ potential of microgrids that drives analysts’ optimism, into a practical real world solution. The total package will provide economic benefits, as well as redundancy and sustainability for Masonic Village,” said Ryan Goodman, President, ENER-G Rudox.

The multi-million dollar energy infrastructure improvements to the 450-acre campus include the installation of a highly efficient 498 kW natural gas CHP system that provides heat and electricity for the facility. Additionally, the project includes comprehensive lighting and boiler plant upgrades to reduce the facility’s current energy profile.

“RAI constructed, installed and integrated the CHP system with the facility’s existing 1.16 megawatt solar PV field and 1.5 megawatt standby diesel generator,” said Wessner. “This integration enables 100% operational capability in the event of a grid outage.”

The project is financed using the ENER-G Rudox Energy Services Agreement. Under this arrangement, the Masonic Charity Foundation is responsible for $0 in up-front investment capital and receives a guaranteed minimum savings of $209,000 per year over the 20-year contract term.

“The Masonic Village at Burlington is an outstanding facility dedicated to its residents The unity of purpose of the Board of Trustees, ENER-G, MCFA, RAI and Blue Sky Power combined with the support of the Board of Public Utilities and PSE&G enabled us to bring a truly innovative clean energy micro gird to fruition at the almost 120 year old facility, making it one of the most sustainable, energy efficient and resilient senior living communities in the country,” said Ben Parvey, CEO of Blue Sky Power.

“Assisted living and senior care facilities are often excellent candidates for distributed generation technologies due to their operating profiles and infrastructure requirements. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen an increased interest in improving resiliency in these facilities,” Goodman continued. “However, many facility managers are unaware of the fact that they can improve resiliency while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint and saving money. The Masonic Village project illustrates this capability, and thus enables the facility to remain on the cutting edge of its industry.”

The economic benefits of CHP are derived from improved efficiency in comparison to traditional utility-grade power plants. While the typical plant is 35 percent efficient and loses an additional 1-2 percent in transmission, onsite CHP technologies can reach efficiencies of over 85 percent by reusing the waste heat that is a natural by-product of electric generation. In addition, incentives are available in New Jersey and other states to help offset the cost of CHP projects. The Masonic Village received a $996,000 grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for execution of this project.

“It takes a forward thinking executive team to accomplish a project of this magnitude, and we would like to thank the Masonic Village of Burlington, NJ and Ashlar Creative Solutions for their contributions throughout this process.” said Goodman. “In addition, the staff at PSE&G, TRC, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities all played critical roles in making this project happen, and showed exactly why New Jersey is a national leader in alternative energy adoption. We would also like to thank our partners at Blue Sky Power, Ray Angelini Inc. and MCFA Global, who continue to set themselves apart in their ability to facilitate and execute these types of projects.”

“RAI has long made it a goal to provide construction means and methods for alternative energy solutions,” says RAI President and Founder Raymond J. Angelini. “We are dedicated to being stewards of our environment and applaud Masonic Village for its achievement with this special project.”

For more information on this project, or to have a free CHP feasibility study performed for your building, please contact Ray Angelini, Inc.:  856-228-5566; info@raiservices.com, http://www.raiservices.com

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RAI Founder and President
Ray Angelini (left) with NJ Board
of Public Utilities Commissioner
Upendra Chivukula.
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(From left to right) Michael Fuhman, Managing Principal,
MCFA Global; Ben Parvey, Blue Sky Power;
Ray Angelini, Ray Angelini, Inc.;
Ryan Goodman, President, ENER-G Rudox, Inc.

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