Environment and Energy Leader
Ocean County, New Jersey, has received almost a million dollars in incentives, with more to come, for upgrading its energy systems; the county will also see nearly $400,000 in savings per year from its energy program by installing high tech, energy efficient systems.
The centerpiece of the County’s energy program was the installation of a combined heat and power and fuel cell (CHP). The 600 kW natural gas-fueled CHP system generates electricity to power the Ocean County Justice Complex, while capturing and using the waste heat for space heating, cooling, and water heating. The Justice Complex is a multi-use facility housing courtrooms, some of the divisions of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, jail facilities and other government functions. The project is anticipated to generate more than 4.7 million kWh of electricity annually.
When the incentives are fully paid by the state Board of Public Utilities for the installation of the energy efficient heating and cooling system, the county will have received $1.1 million.
The CHP system includes manual blackstart and islanding capabilities, which allow the CHP system to operate and provide power to the connected buildings during major grid outages.
Other energy improvements implemented by the county included new chillers and related equipment being installed in the Justice Complex. There were also upgrades to the HVAC systems and the installation of new energy management systems.