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Atlantic Cape Community College will use Solar Energy in a Big Way
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MAYS LANDING-- It's a project that will be one of the largest of any community colleges in the nation and one of the largest land based systems in the state. It's all going to happen in a local parking lot.

This is easily the largest one and a milestone in the history of the college, said Atlantic Cape Community College President, Dr. Peter Mora.

It's all about solar energy at Atlantic Cape Community College. Thanks to the help Pepco Energy Incorporated six parking lots on campus will soon be outfitted with solar panels.

"We will be saving 50 percent of our energy across. Which is high at all three sites if you average it out. That saving is computed at $220,000 a year. That's how much we will be saving," said Mora.

It's a project that already happened at the nearby Richard Stockton College, which currently has the largest of its kind in the U.S. The efficient carport design will allow cars to still use the parking lots while the solar panels above power nearly half of the college. This will save about 7 million dollars over 20 years.

"I feel confident that in many areas including this, the college will be better then when I started. So we see it as part of our stewardship responsibility," said Mora. Mora says that the solar panels will generate about 2.3 megawatts. That's enough energy to power more than 200 homes.

"t's all apart of a broader project then what we are doing here at the college. We call is the green campus initiative,"Mora said.

Pepco shares the mission toward environmental stewardship. In a statement Vice President of Marketing Kim Price stated. "We are proud to support Atlantic Cape's commitment to renewable energy and hope many more colleges and universities will follow in their footsteps."

Representatives say that the project will also have academic benefits and give students the opportunity to learn more about green energy. Construction is set to start this spring.

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