Source: The SandPaper -
Senior communities would be eligible to receive grants and low-interest loans for purchase and installation of solar panels for their clubhouses under legislation reintroduced by Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th District. The energy cost reduction initiative would be offered under the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, which is administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
The 9th District has among the highest concentration of senior communities in the state, and solar power can help lower electric costs at these typically sizable, frequently utilized facilities.
“Solar technology can serve as an effective means of reducing energy usage and lowering electric bills,” Connors, Rumpf and Gove said in a joint statement. “Clubhouses play a critical role in age-restricted communities by serving as venues for important association functions as a well as for recreational activities. Due to the size of clubhouse structures and their frequent use, electric bills for these facilities can run steep. Since clubhouses are common areas, any cost savings achieved through the use of solar technology could benefit every resident of the community.”
Upon reintroduction, the delegation’s legislation was referred to the Senate Economic Growth Committee and the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee of their respective houses of origin.