The Hopewell Valley, through the Solar Challenge, succeeded in having the greatest number of new solar installation contracts, per capita by May 31, 2017, through this Challenge and won the $10,000 prize which is to be used to support a “green” energy project.
The Hopewell Valley Solar Challenge is a unique partnership between the Hopewell Township Environmental Commission and Hopewell Valley Green Team, together with EnergySage and Sustainable Jersey, and was organized as a competition among seven New Jersey towns, in an effort to educate the public about the benefits of solar energy.
Environmental Commission and Green Team member Rex Parker, who has been the champion of this Challenge, is delighted with the outcome but feels the efforts should not stop now.
“It is very rewarding to know that we have spread the word about solar energy and to see the fruits of that effort. But this is really only a step on the path. We must continue to find ways to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and increase the adoption of clean energy alternatives. The sun is an amazing asset,” said Parker, who went on to express his sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the Challenge, especially those residents who chose to install through this program and to Sustainable Jersey for underwriting the program.
The competition was sponsored by Sustainable Jersey, an innovative nonprofit organization that provides tools, training, and financial incentives to communities pursuing sustainability programs such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other community-wide efforts. The EnergySage web portal at www.SolarHopewell.org will continue to be available to Valley residents interested in going solar and getting the best price and quality on installation. Feedback by residents is welcome at http://www.haveyoursayhopewelltwp.org/.
This message was provided by Hopewell Township.