International Legal Boost for Renewable Energy

A new partnership in New Jersey will target established heating and energy delivery companies as new providers and installers of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The new Jersey Board of Public Utilities awarded Madison Energy Consultants US$270,354 for implementation of Direct Global Power Photovoltaic Infrastructure Development Plan.

Trenton, New Jersey – October 7, 2003 [] Direct Global Power, (DGP), RWE Schott Solar (RSS) and Madison Energy Consultants have joined together to develop DGP’s comprehensive dealer development program that will attract Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to becoming dealers, installers and service providers for RSS PV products and systems throughout New Jersey. “A viable sales, installation and maintenance infrastructure has been a missing link in the greater deployment of solar electric products.” said Jim Torpey, President of Madison Energy Consultants, also the Project Manager. By targeting and establishing HVAC and fuel delivery companies as PV dealers and installers, the project will provide an essential channel for the expansion of RWE Schott’s PV dealer network. It will also provide solar technology directly to consumers through established companies with whom they already feel confident to safely and professionally service their HVAC accounts. “There are over three thousand HVAC companies in New Jersey alone and they’re prime candidates to be taking Schott’s extraordinary suite of prepackaged PV systems to market,” said Rick Lewandowski, DGP’s president. “Everyone knows where to go to get their furnace fixed but almost no one can tell you where to go to buy a PV system. This program will fix that.” The program builds off of a recently completed project in Pennsylvania funded by the Sustainable Development Fund and other sponsors. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Office of Clean Energy’s (OCE) new REED (Renewable Energy and Economic Development) Program is fast becoming the leader in deployment of practical renewable energy solutions in the country. The goal of the project is to create a PV infrastructure of experts that can sell, install and service PV systems throughout New Jersey. “Under Governor James McGreevey’s leadership, New Jersey is becoming the Green Power State and one of the countries solar industry leaders,” said Jeanne M. Fox, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. “Direct Global Power’s Photovoltaic Infrastructure Development Plan is a great opportunity to advance both energy efficiency and renewable energy because it opens a new avenue for solar by linking energy efficiency with renewable energy through the contractors that install energy efficient technology.”


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