Montclair State University’s new environmentally friendly
combined heating, cooling and power (CHCP) plant is now fully operational as of
September 3, 2013.
The new facility provides the 250-acre campus with
cost-effective and energy-efficient delivery of steam for heat, chilled water
for air conditioning, and natural gas-fired generation of electricity through a
new underground energy distribution system. The system provides Montclair State
with 100 percent of its steam requirements and approximately 75 percent of its
“Electricity is being generated, and steam and chilled water
are being delivered to all of the connected buildings,” says Gregory Bressler,
vice president for University Facilities at Montclair State.
The state-of-the-art CHCP facility is Montclair State’s
second public-private partnership construction project – after The Heights,
completed in 2011 – facilitated by the 2009 New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act.
The University’s partner in the $90 million CHCP project is
Energenic LLC, a leading developer and owner of combined heat and power
systems. Energenic is a long-term partnership between DCO Energy LLC and Marina
Energy LLC, which is a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries.
“Montclair State continues to demonstrate initiative and
innovation in utilizing public-private partnerships to finance both facility
expansions and infrastructure improvements,” said University President Susan A.
Included in every edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges since its first
release in 2010, Montclair State is dedicated to environmentally responsible
energy services, which also includes solar energy fields at both its main
campus and its New Jersey School of Conservation campus in Stokes Forest.
“I’m proud to say the new plant reflects our campus-wide
commitment to environmental conservation and alternative energy,” noted Cole. “The
new plant will satisfy the majority of the campus’ electricity needs via onsite
energy generation that continuously produces 5.7 megawatts of power.”
“This project is a win for Montclair State, a win for its students, and a win for the environment,” said Energenic President and CEO Frank E. DiCola, “The University should be commended for their foresight in providing students and faculty with a cleaner and more efficient power source.”