CHERRY HILL – Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) on April 13 announced more than $285,000 in federal funds for Cherry Hill to purchase and install electricity-producing solar panels for the municipal building. Sen. Lautenberg secured these funds in the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act that was signed by President Obama in February. Rep. John Adler (D-NJ-03) was also in attendance to discuss the need for energy efficiency.
“Installing solar panels will help Cherry Hill save thousands of dollars, increase energy efficiency and combat global warming. These funds are part of the forward-looking energy policy we need to reduce energy costs and I will continue to help municipalities across New Jersey secure the resources they need to improve energy efficiency,” Sen. Lautenberg said.
“Solar energy projects like the one we celebrate today will lower energy costs for hard-working families and create much-needed jobs in this tough economic climate,” Congressman John Adler said. “These solar panels mean lower costs and more affordability now and for years to come. I look forward to continuing my work with Sustainable Cherry Hill and other local advocacy groups to support programs that will spur job creation, help conserve energy, and benefit local residents.”
According to local officials, solar energy captured by the panels -- spread across the 19,400-square-foot roof -- could trim about 20 percent from the power bill at the building. The solar panel project is part of a 10-point Green Action Plan the township council adopted in March 2008.
Sen. Lautenberg also recently announced $719,600 would be made available for Cherry Hill from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, which provides funds for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions and improve energy efficiency. These funds, which were made available by the Economic Recovery Act recently signed into law by President Obama, also can be used to help finance the City Hall solar panel project.