Friday, April 12, 2013
Controversial projects lead township to act.
The Township Committee introduced an ordinance regulating the installation of ground-mounted solar arrays in Hillsborough. One of the purposes of the ordinance, Township Committeewoman Gloria McCauley said at Tuesday’s Committee meeting, is the regulation of solar panels in agricultural areas so they will not deter from the character of the township’s open space. The ordinance follows guidelines recently established by the State Agricultural Development Committee. The ordinance says that no more than 10 acres of a farm property should be covered by a solar installation. In addition, for every acre of solar installation, five acres must be in agriculture, according to the ordinance which also sets a two-megawatt limit for power produced …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Quarry asks township for time extension to present application, with no specific date given.
- Mike Deak
Monday, September 10, 2012
An application to build a solar array on the eastern slope of Sourland Mountain has been indefinitely put on hold. Township Planner Robert Ringelheim told the Planning Board on Thursday night that the attorney for Gibraltar Quarry had requested an extension of time to file an amended application that originally called for a 9,996-panel solar array on the mountain off Dutchtown-Zion Road. Gibraltar had been scheduled to appear before the Planning Board on Thursday. About two dozen residents attended a Planning Board hearing in May on the project that called for felling more than 2,000 trees. About 500 acres of the quarry, formerly owned by 3M, are in Hillsborough and 200 acres are in Montgomery; the only entrance is in Montgomery, but the …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Innovative plan will save taxpayers about $100K a year.
It’s power for the people. Before a powerful thunderstorm rolled through Thursday night, township officials cut the ribbon on an innovative project that will save Hillsborough taxpayers more than $100,000 a year. The $3.6 million project, of which the township only had to pay $1.9 million, included the installation of solar panels on the roof of the municipal complex and the Department of Public Works building and the upgrading of the HVAC and lighting systems at the municipal complex. Ted Huesing, an account representative from Siemens that oversaw the project, said Hillsborough was a “pioneer.” School districts have undertaken similar projects, he said, but Hillsborough is the first municipality. The solar panels will provide 25 percent …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Solar panel work at the Hillsborough Municipal Complex makes the change necessary.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Construction work related to the installation of solar panels on the Hillsborough Municipal Complex will cause the Hillsborough Public Library to close early on Saturday. The library will be closing a half hour early at 4:30 p.m., instead of the normal 5 p.m. Patrons with further questions can call the Somerset County Library System at at 908-369-2200 or visit the website at http://www.sclsnj.org.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Assemblyman Robert Schroeder sponsors bill requiring emblem on buildings where solar panels are attached to the roof to protect firefighters from electrocution.
With an increasing number of buildings investing in alternative energy, emergency responders are often unable to immediately identify structures that have installed solar panels on their roofs — putting them at risk of electrocution in the event of a fire. In an effort to protect firefighters against the danger of electrocution posed by solar panels, Assemblyman Robert Schroeder (R-Woodcliff Lake), a volunteer firefighter in the Township of Washington since 1980 who has twice served as fire chief, has sponsored a bill that would require buildings to clearly label with an exterior emblem whether they have solar panels. The bipartisan bill was approved by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, on which Schroeder …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Project would put solar panels on the YMCA roof and over the car park.
The Hillsborough YMCA hopes to see construction on solar panels on its roof and parking lot begin in March, according to Somerset Valley YMCA officials. Though the Somerset Valley YMCA received Hillsborough Township’s approval for the panels in July, it’s a three-pronged project—the panels will be installed at the YMCA’s Bridgewater and Somerville locations, too. But the delay from the Bridgewater YMCA's approval meant Sunstream USA, the developer and panel owner, could not begin construction when the other sites were approved. Since Bridgewater YMCA site has a sloped roof, the panels could not be placed in the same location as the other two buildings. Instead, the YMCA would use parking lot panels exclusively, which left residents …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Work to replace the Municipal Building roof could begin as early as December.
Construction of a new roof on the Municipal Building could begin as early as December after the Township Committee awarded a $309,000 project contract to E.R. Barrett, Inc. last week. The project is not expected to close the building, and will occur during normal working hours, Township Administrator Mike Merdinger said. It’s the first step in the Township’s plan to replace the building roof, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units, and to install solar panels on the building roof. “We’re happy to report that we’re moving forward on the roof project,” Mayor Gloria McCauley said. “The township sought competitive bids through the bid process. . . This resolution awards the contract to E.R. Barrett, Inc. as they were the …