Piscataway Township to Implement Renewable Upgrades - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Generation, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  April 12, 2024

Piscataway Township to Implement Renewable Upgrades

Piscataway Township in New Jersey has made several upgrades, including implementing solar energy to power two-thirds of the township’s electricity needs, modernizing HVAC and lighting systems, and installing 28 EV charging stations for public use.

The township seeks to lower energy costs by overhauling its electric and natural gas systems with a goal of reducing the township's carbon footprint by 53% by 2026.

Piscataway Township also partnered with Schneider Electric, an energy management and sustainability company, to implement a comprehensive Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP)

This collaboration, named the Piscataway Goes Green initiative, is set to improve the township's energy consumption patterns and reduce operational costs.

The initiative includes 2.9 MW of solar installations across eight buildings, 28 new EV charging stations, battery energy storage, and a microgrid. These green energy technologies will bolster Piscataway’s energy resilience, particularly for critical facilities like the Public Safety building and Town Hall, providing approximately five days of backup power and potential grid services revenue. 

The anticipated benefits are substantial with a projected 53% reduction in the township's carbon footprint by 2026. In addition, an estimated 64% of the township's electricity needs will be provided by on-site solar energy after the project’s completion.

"We are taking a bold step toward a greener future and demonstrating our unwavering commitment to the environment,” said Mayor Brian C. Wahler of Piscataway, in a statement. “Our partnership with Schneider Electric will allow us to continue making significant strides in energy efficiency and sustainability."

Construction will take place throughout 2024 with final upgrades completed in 2025. Key facilities targeted for these upgrades include the Community Center, Public Safety building, JFK Library, Westergard Library, Town Hall, Senior Center, and Sterling Village. 

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