Greenskies Clean Energy LLC has partnered with Eznergy Solar Energy Solutions to install 606 kilowatts (kW) of solar power for the Township of Lawrence. These solar installations have contributed to the 2020 Township Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Climate Change and Air Quality for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its municipal operations.
“The Township of Lawrence is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and advancing our shared goals of a more sustainable future,” said Kevin Nerwinski, City Manager of the Township of Lawrence, in a statement. “These solar installations were essential in reducing greenhouse gas emissions for our municipality. We are proud that they can serve as a model for the community.
This part of the Township of Lawrence’s journey to environmental excellence began in 2018 by assessing their municipal property for solar feasibility. Then, the township conducted a competitive bidding process and selected Greenskies and Eznergy as partners to carry out several solar projects, according to the statement.
Eventually, solar power was installed in the form of carports at the Township of Lawrence Municipal Building (194 kW) and the adjacent Township of Lawrence Police and Municipal Court building ( 374 kW), as well as a roof system at the public works building (38 kW).
Each year, these Lawrence Township solar projects are expected to generate 722,848 kWh of clean, renewable energy, the statement said. And eventually, they will offset more than 7,680 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of removing 1,665 cars from the roads, according to the report. US EPA Greenhouse Gas Calculator.
“Greenskies is proud to partner with Eznergy and Lawrence Township, a community deeply committed to taking meaningful action on climate change,” said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies, in the statement. “The implementation of solar power has helped them offset greenhouse gas emissions by reducing reliance on fossil fuels and is setting a good example for the whole community. “
In addition to the environmental benefits, the township will also save on electricity costs by purchasing electricity produced by Greenskies solar panels at a reduced rate, compared to traditional utility costs, the statement said.
Greenskies funded the construction at no upfront cost to the township and partnered with Eznergy to install the solar panels.
Greenskies will own, operate and maintain the solar systems for the life of the projects.
“Eznergy was pleased to partner with Lawrence Township and Greenskies on this exciting solar carport awning project,” James Brown, president of Eznergy, said in the statement. “We are pleased to have been able to contribute to the township’s goals for the use of clean energy and we are proud that the Township of Lawrence has been recognized for the project.