Release Date: September 3, 2013
Montclair State University’s new environmentally-friendly combined heating, cooling and power plant (CHCP) is now fully operational as of September 1, 2013.
The state-of-the-art CHCP facility is Montclair State’s second public-private partnership – and only the third such project in the state -- facilitated by the 2009 New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act.
The University’s partner in the $90 million project was 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 (NYSE:SJI).
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 via 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 needs. “Electricity is being generated, and steam and chilled water are being delivered to all of the connected buildings,” said Gregory Bressler, Vice President for University Facilities at Montclair State.
“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. Cole.
Consistently named a “Green College” by The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges since its first release in 2010, Montclair State is dedicated to environmentally responsible energy services, which also include solar energy at both its main campus and its New Jersey School of Conservation campus in s 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.”
“Energenic is particularly proud that the plant was built and completed in 15 months, which was three months ahead of schedule and within budget,” DiCola added.The new facility is the University’s second public-private partnership. In August 2011, the University completed construction on The Heights, New Jersey’s largest on-campus residence and dining complex and the first project developed under the state’s Economic Stimulus Act.