SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The JCC of Central New Jersey in Scotch Plains remains committed to improving its building and campus while making it more green and observing the core Jewish values of sh’mirat ha’adamah (protection and renewal of the world) and ba’al taschshit (do not destroy or waste).
Because of this important commitment, the JCC entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with Keystone Power Holdings in Paoli, PA who is building and maintaining a Solar Panel System on the JCC roof and selling back the solar power to the JCC at a discounted rate. (Because the JCC is a not-for-profit, installing the system on its own was cost-prohibitive.)
When complete, 80% of the JCC's roof will be covered with panels and five inverters which convert the solar power to AC power. The installation is projected to be done by the end of this year. Once complete, it will begin producing energy immediately, saving the JCC money on its monthly energy bill.
“How exciting that doing something that is so good for our environment also creates savings for our JCC. This will allow us to reinvest in programs that enhance our member experience and support communal life in our area,” said Jennifer Mamlet, JCC Executive Director. “This is core to our mission, and we are proud of our role in the community.”
The JCC Board of Directors has also approved the installation of a Cogeneration System. Cogeneration is the use of a heat engine or power station to generate electricity and useful heat at the same time. The system will be installed in 2018 by Premise Power, NYC, and the thermal power supplied will help the JCC heat its water and indoor pool.
“Being green is key to our future sustainability so we are thrilled that we were able to find a way to make these two systems a reality,” said Mike Goldstein, chief operating officer at the JCC. “We are also hoping that we will be an inspiration and model for other organizations.”
These projects complement the energy-efficient lighting system the JCC installed in 2014, which significantly reduced its electricity bill and carbon footprint. All in all, the JCC will be fulfilling 85% of its power needs at a lower cost.
The JCC of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. The JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, United Way of Greater Union County and the Westfield United Fund. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.