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CCM Installing Solar Panels Over Parking Lots

Saving energy and money without impacting available parking.

There is a new tide of green energy savings moving through Morris County.  The “Morris Model,” which is a plan to reduce energy costs by installing solar panels at facilities throughout Morris County, is now landing at County College of Morris (CCM).

This month, CCM will begin installing solar panels over several of its parking lots to cut costs and energy.  The panels will be placed in Parking Lots 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Rooftop units also will be placed on the college’s Student Community Center.

The panels are expected to generate 3,900,000 kWh annually, which represents about 45 percent of the college’s yearly energy usage. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average residential home in the United States uses 11,496 kWh of electricity yearly, meaning the electricity to be generated by the CCM photovoltaic system equates to powering 340 homes a year.

A number of trees on campus will need to be taken down to accommodate the project. However, for every one tree that is removed, the college will replace it with two trees that are more ornamental and decorative, such as flowering cherry and pear trees.

The project is expected to last three to four months and to be completed before the Fall Semester begins.  There will be no loss of parking spaces on the campus as a result of the solar installation.

Hank Heller May 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The Internet was developed by the military for their communication and research needs. Later it was adapted for use by Universities. Government did not subsidize the Internet in order to develop a product. Zero subsidy does not mean zero jump start at all. If an idea is good enough there are many venture capitalists who would be eager to fund a great new idea. It does take, however, lots of hard work to develop a product, write a business plan and sell the idea to investment bankers, and then sell the product to end users. We have all seen how when government tries to be the engine behind new ideas, the inventors often fail because they have bad motivators working for them (usually politicians). If we want companies to grow and products to evolve, we need to cause the people who do this well to act as the generators. In general, governments do a lousy job of being the engine. And, by the way, we cannot afford it as a country, nor can the rest of the world. There are many more Solyndra's than FaceBooks, believe me. I find it so sad that so many of Patch's bloggers are eager for our government to continue on its path of "give aways", when the people funding the "give aways" are us. "We have met the enemy and it is us!" Sorry, gotta go to work. Hank Heller
Thirty Four May 17, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I find it sad that many people cannot think beyond oil. Solar is not one of the simple business activities (like Facebook) where they are driven by profits. Similarly to when the military (not a subsidy, a total government funding) started the deployments of early Internet, that investment was not for profit, but for national security. Solar is also a major investment of national interest, or you can say it is a PART (not the total solution) of national security on energy. I find it fascinating that even Saudi, the guy who sells oil to us, started to build up their Solar capacity now. If they think they can keep selling oil forever, why would they care to put their investment in solar?
George P Driscoll September 15, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Right on Hank ite refreshing to hear common sense over warm and fuzzy
Galatea December 28, 2012 at 04:50 AM
If you factor in the various different government programs to support the fossil fuel industry, solar subsidies are a pittance. Between direct tax credits going to oil companies that pay no taxes, but reap record profits; programs to subsidize infrastructure like pipelines and shipping lanes; or the staggering military budget to safeguard our interests in oil producing countries, I find it preposterous that renewable energy projects are not given just a fraction of what oil costs us. More renewable energy means utilities won't have to invest in new plants and more localized facilities (panels on your house = no waiting for the electric company to trim branches or replace ripped up lines for weeks after a storm.) Oh, but Exxon doesn't own the sun...
vip May 09, 2013 at 07:42 AM
What company put these panels up. Why are there not more project like it?

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