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Proposed Solar Farm & Veteran Housing

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Tuesday evening Rager Energy joined Barry Black and BKB Properties at the Hamilton Township zoning board meeting to propose a 10 MW solar installation.  Barry Black and his family have a comprehensive plan for cultivating low-lying crops under a section of the solar panels and donating four building lots to the Thomas Jerome House, a non-profit organization created to help disabled veterans after they return from war.

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THE TRENTON TIMES 12/15/11

HAMILTON — The township could become home to a third major solar site if a local developer wins approval to install 32,000 panels on a 64-acre tract of land.

Developer Barry Black proposes a so-called solar farm in Hamilton’s southeast corner, pitting residents in favor of more solar against those who want one of the township’s last rural areas to remain untouched by development.

“When I bought my house, this was supposed to be the last rural vestige in Hamilton, and I truly feel it should be kept that way,” said Harold Dunn, one of dozens of residents who showed up for a zoning board hearing Tuesday night.

Others, including a few electrical and construction workers, pointed out that a new development could provide jobs and tax dollars.

“The economy the way it is now — it’s terrible out there,” said a resident who works in the construction industry. “We need these jobs.”

Located on Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road near the back entrance of the Hamilton Marketplace shopping center, the site is made up of two lots covered in fields, woods and wetlands.

Black and his company, BKB Properties LLC, envision covering those lots with thousands of crystalline, photovoltaic panels that would absorb sunlight and generate 10 megawatts of electricity to be fed back into the local power grid. To get an idea how much power 10 megawatts would provide, PSE&G’s national solar initiative called Solar 4 All aims to develop 80 solar megawatts, and that would be enough to power 13,000 average New Jersey homes.

The land BKB Properties is targeting is inside Hamilton’s rural resource conservation zone, so the company requires a use variance from the zoning board before any construction can begin.

The developer has also said he intends to subdivide the property and provide land to the Thomas Jerome House, a nonprofit organization looking to build housing for soldiers returning home with traumatic brain injuries.

But at Tuesday’s hearing, the board reviewed only the solar plan.

Michael Mueller, a planner testifying on behalf of Black, reminded zoners that renewable energy projects are considered inherently beneficial under state law.

That makes it easier for solar applications to pass local muster.

The zoning board has already approved two other solar facilities, a PSE&G project on South Broad Street and another on Yardville-Allentown Road that’s roughly the same size as Black’s proposed project.

“I think we do want to build upon what you looked at last year with the other two applications,” Mueller said. “We want to be better than those. We want to provide a better standard.”

The board came to no decision Tuesday night and the hearing was carried to a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31.

Solar Farm Approved!!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Rager Energy received final approvals on 12 MW solar farm in Harrison Township.  The 52,800 photovoltaic panels will produce enough clean energy to power approximately 2,000 homes annually.

HARRISON TWP. — A new solar field is being planned for an empty field off of Route 77, bringing green energy initiatives and tax revenue to the town.

The 100-acre parcel, owned by the Eachus family, was once a working farm, but is now an open area. Originally the farm had been set aside to have a Catholic high school built, but when the plans went through the township and the owners had to find a new use for it.

Multiple options had been discussed, with the construction of a solar field being chosen as the most feasible and beneficial for Harrison Township.

“The indirect benefits are it won’t be developed for housing, we don’t need any more burden on the school system,” said Mayor Lou Manzo. “And we didn’t want it to be developed as more commercial property because you’re getting more into the open space area.”

United Solar Group and Rager Energy Consulting LLC have received a long-term lease from the landowners and plan to build approximately 50,000 solar panels on it.

The project will include building phases, with the company installing a portion of the panels in each phase.

Once completed, the energy output will become a taxable entity, raising around $70,000 per year for the township.

“Obviously it’s a wave of the future, it’s environmentally forward thinking, we think it will be it’s a $70,000 ratable for us, which is huge,” Manzo said. “It’s like a win-win-win-win on all fronts.”

The solar field, near the intersection of Gangemi Lane, will not be visible from the road, and the township’s planning board is currently working with the developers to make sure that there is enough of a buffer zone between the field and its neighboring properties that it won’t be seen by those parties either.

Gloucester County Times

Ship Bottom Fire Company Goes Solar!!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Rager Energy makes it possible for Ship Bottom Fire Company, a non-profit organization in Ocean County, to receive free electric at no cost to them.

Fire House Goes Solar & Saves Money

Duke & Winston. Support local.

Monday, July 12th, 2010

My friends and I went to Northern Liberties yesterday to eat and watch the World Cup.  What an awesome day.  The game was on the big screen outside in the courtyard of the Piazza, the weather was perfect, there was a delightful festival going on with local vendors selling their creations…

One in particular, Duke & Winston, a local designer/clothier, caught my attention (probably because owner/creator Seun yelled my name), but nevertheless I was stoked to find them there.  He had the t-shirt I had been scoping out online!  And now I have it. Check it out…

Keep Calm & Carry On ~ Duke & Winston

Seun has an inspiring story of how he got started.  Check out his blog and support local!  Helping each other grow organically.

http://duke-winston.com