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ACUA seeking to install solar at wastewater pump stations

The ACUA is increasing its renewable energy resources over the next few years through a county-wide solar energy project aimed at placing arrays on municipal owned properties near nine of its pumping stations. The goal of the project is to bring down electric costs at the proposed locations. Due to a lack of ACUA-owned land around the stations, local governments and private organizations have been sought for help. ACUA President Rick Dovey has made proposals to each of the affected landowners.  Included municipalities include Mays Landing, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Pleasantville, Northfield, Linwood, Somers Point, Brigantine, and Ventnor.  Funding might be provided through the New Jersey Environmental Trust as either a low-interest loan or a loan-grant program. Landowners who pay the ACUA for sewage removal will benefit as electrical costs are stabilized or lowered. An application for funding should be submitted in October with construction planned to start as early as spring 2011. The projects will commence only if there is a benefit for each party involved. The reduction in electrical costs will offset any capital costs.

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