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Marriott Residence Inn of West Orange, NJ Locks in Cost of a Portion of Electric Needs for Next Thirty Years, Helps Combat Global Warming by Installing a Solar Electric System

West Orange, NJ – January 11, 2007 – The Inn at the Manor, a 128 suite Marriott Residence Inn, completes the installation of a solar electric generating system. The solar arrays are installed on southeast and southwest facing roofs, and include 700 Sharp and Sanyo photovoltaic modules. The Solar Center, a Denville New Jersey based solar energy company, was selected to design and install the 108 kW system.  Dennis Wilson, the President of The Solar Center, said “the system was recently started up and worked flawlessly.  Over the system’s 30+ year lifespan, it will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 3,000 tons, equivalent to planting 43 acres of trees or permanently removing 400 cars from the road annually”.

“We’re delighted to be the first hotel in New Jersey to go solar”, said Kurt Knowles, Jr., representing ownership of The Inn at The Manor.  “In addition to locking in the cost of a portion of our electric needs for the next thirty years, we are doing our part to combat global warming and reduce our country’s dependence on imported oil”.  “We believe that all responsible businesses should be looking at investment opportunities in renewable energy systems and increased energy efficiency”. 

The solar electric system is partially funded by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) and will allow The Inn at the Manor to meet approximately 20% of the hotel’s electrical requirements. “The NJCEP rebate combined with Federal Tax incentives enacted in 2005 made the project attractive”, Kurt Knowles commented.  New Jersey is the leading East Coast state committed to encouraging distributed energy technologies like solar energy, and in April of 2006 endorsed a goal of achieving the equivalent of 1500 MW of solar electric capacity by 2020.  

“As the first system installed at a Garden State hotel, The Marriott Residence Inn of West Orange represents a landmark in the installation of photovoltaic solar panels in New Jersey,” said New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Jeanne M. Fox.  “This project is an illustration of how New Jersey is leading the nation in clean energy investments by setting strong standards and providing leadership and incentives to help drive investment in renewable energy.  “Additionally, the installation provides a tremendous opportunity to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, which leads to climate changes and rising sea levels.”


Dennis Wilson
Phone: 973-366-2244


Also See: Owner Wen-I Chang On a Societal Mission Developing an Environmentally Sustainable Hotel, the 133 room Gaia Napa Valley / October 2006
Mauna Lani Resort's Deployment of Renewable Solar Energy is Environmentally Sound and Cost Effective / Jan 2002


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