Posts Tagged 'environment'

Solar Roof Tiles

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I’m really impressed by Elon Musk’s new solar roof shingles.  With a new aesthetic, I hope that individual solar will now accelerate more quickly into residential communities.  Can’t wait to see solar’s upgrade in  NJ.

There have been a number of solar shingle products introduced to the market: Atlantis, AstroPower, UniSolar, BP Solar, PowerLight, Dow, Suntegra and CertainTeed.  Currently, only CertainTeed, Suntegra and Atlantis roof shingles are still available, perhaps because historically high component and installation costs.  Hoping Musk can bring the price down and the marketing up to a level that makes this an attractive alternative to old style roof solar panel systems.

Bottom article delves into pricing.

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PSE&G site plans

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Two big development projects in Maplewood have been scuttled this year.  First,  the Post Office development plan didn’t work out with Supermarket – Kings, and now the developer for the PSE&G site near the Irvington border has pulled out.  These are two very important sites that will have a big impact on the future of Maplewood. and tonite’s town council meeting will be a forum for discussion on the matter

Environmental contamination on the site on Boyden Avenue made remediation costs higher than developer, Parke Place, LLC had anticipated.

Avalon Bay Communities is the newest player who will attempt to develop the site by buying it from Parke Place.  The town is reportedly offering the same financial incentives to Avalon which included a  a 30-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) at 10% of construction costs, which are estimated to be roughly $40 million.

For more details, check out the article on Village Green below.

http://villagegreennj.com/towns/government/pseg-developer-withdraws-amid-environmental-concerns/

River Clean Up

 

DSCN1549Each year the Rahway River Watershed in South Orange seems to look better and better.

The banks in Cameron Park (and now Waterlands Park also) get an annual spring cleaning on SO River day.  Sunday there were many concerned citizens (and yours truly) picking up refuse and and disposing of it properly.  Refreshments, Entertainment and the bags were provided.  All you need to do next year is wear your boots and gardening gloves and help out for as long as you’d like.

http://www.soriverday.org

South Mountain Reservation opens paddle boating, picnic pavilion

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The reservoir in South Mountain Reservation always seemed a bit un-reachable, which was both good and bad.  In an attempt to make it more accessible, yet still a part of the area’s unspoiled nature, the county has opened a brand new paddle boating and picnic pavilion on Cherry Lane between South Orange Avenue and Northfield Avenue in West Orange.  It’s open til 8pm and you can rent a 2-seater for $14 or a 4-seater for $18.

Other developments or existing features within the “South Mountain Recreation Complex” include:

  1. Turtle Back Zoo
  2. miniGOLF Safari
  3. Boathouse Restaurant
  4. Codey Arena
  5. revamped Treetop Adventure Course nearby
  6. dog park
  7. wildflower garden
  8. Hemlock waterfall
  9. acres of picknicking and meadows
  10. hiking trails
  11. scenic views of NYC and NJ
  12. rahway brook
  13. Washington’s rock (historic)
  14. much more…

Much of the credit for the paddleboats goes to Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.  More details below.

http://westorange.patch.com/groups/summer/p/officials-cut-the-ribbon-opening-new-picnic-area-paddle-boating

Three New members of the South Orange Board of Trustees

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Sheena Collum, Steven Schnall and Walter Clarke have won election to the South Orange Board of Trustees replacing outgoing members, Michael Goldberg, Nancy Gould and Janine Bauer.  Their campaign stressed ‘the positive’ and hopefully will bring an infusion of energy, enthusiasm and efficiency to the town.

Schnall’s area of expertise is business and he plans to increase municipal efficiency, minimize spending and control taxes.

Clarke has a great record with the town in areas of environmental and energy policy.  He brought electric vehicle chargers to town, helped bring about the Rahway River cleanup and was instrumental in the certification of South Orange in the Sustainable Jersey program.

Collum has made her mark in public safety, community emergency response and public information.

For more info and for tallies:

http://southorange.patch.com/articles/south-orange-2013-takes-south-orange-election

http://thealternativepress.com/articles/collum-schnall-and-clarke-win-south-orange-board

Earth Day in Maplewood and Millburn

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Earth Week is coming up in Maplewood.  There is so much to get involved with so prepare to get your hands dirty.

Tree Planting in Memorial Park, Flower Planting in Downtown Maplewood, South Mountain Reservation planting/cleanup

Home Conservation information in DeHart Center, Composting, Food Industry film discussion, Green Drinks to network.

http://www.maplewoodisgreen.org/earth-week

There’s also much to do in Millburn

at Taylor Park, South Mountain Reservation, Rahway River areas, train station, and general town cleanup

Bhakti Barn Yoga is planning a big cleanup effort

http://www.northjersey.com/community/events/198017211_Clean_Up_Millburn_in_April.html

Maplewood Sprouting Solar Panels

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Maplewood is sprouting solar panels on telephone poles and other public spaces in residential areas.  In order to take advantage of vertical space, PSE&G has implemented its Solar4all project, installing single panels to grow it’s percentage of renewable energy.  It will own all the panels, the power and credits associated with its generation and will pay for maintenance.  Third party host sites will recieve revenue from rental of the space and the possibility of publicity.

http://www.pseg.com/family/pseandg/solar4all/third_party/index.jsp


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