(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 www.raiservices.com or call the Sewell, NJ headquarters at 856-228-5566.