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Sustainability project to reduce carbon footprint and save $4 million in energy savings over 20 years The $8.9 million sustainable makeover of Masonic Village, a senior living community in Burlington, NJ will make it one of the most energy efficient, sustainable and resilient in the northeastern United States – resulting in major carbon and cost savings, at no capital expense to the charitable organization. The Masonic Charity Foundation of New Jersey appointed New Jersey based energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G Rudox Inc., in conjunction with clean energy infrastructure developer, Blue Sky Power and MCFA Global, to develop, design, engineer, construct, and finance a campus-wide microgrid for its Masonic Village senior care facility. “With this project, ENER-G Rudox delivers a solution that many are excited about, but few have accomplished. We have been able to turn the ‘academic’ potential of microgrids that drives analysts’ optimism, into a practical real world solution. The total package will provide economic benefits, as well as redundancy and sustainability for Masonic Village and allow the facility to reduce its carbon footprint by approximately 452 metric tons per year, the equivalent benefit of negating more than one million miles driven by the average car,” said Ryan Goodman, President, ENER-G Rudox. The multi-million dollar energy infrastructure improvements to the 450 acre campus included the installation of a highly efficient 498 kW natural gas ENER-G Rudox CHP system that provides heat and electricity for the facility. Additionally, ENER-G Rudox performed comprehensive lighting and boiler plant upgrades to reduce the facility’s current energy profile. The CHP system is integrated with the facility’s existing 1.16 MW solar PV field and 1.5 MW standby diesel generator, enabling 100 percent operational capability in the event of a grid outage. The project was financed using ENER-G Rudox’s ‘Energy Services Agreement.’ Under this arrangement, the Masonic Charity Foundation was responsible for $0 in up-front investment capital, and received a guaranteed minimum savings of $209,000 per year over the 20-year contract term. “The Masonic Village at Burlington is an outstanding facility dedicated to its residents The unity of purpose of the Board of Trustees, ENER-G, MCFA, RAI and Blue Sky Power combined with the support of the Board of Public Utilities and PSE&G enabled us to bring a truly innovative clean energy microgird to fruition at the almost 120 year old facility, making it one of the most sustainable, energy efficient and resilient senior living communities in the country,” said Ben Parvey, CEO of Blue Sky Power. “Assisted living and senior care facilities are often excellent candidates for distributed generation technologies due to their operating profiles and infrastructure requirements. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen an increased interest in improving resiliency in these facilities,” Goodman continued. “However, many facility managers are unaware of the fact that they can improve resiliency while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint and saving money. The Masonic Village of Burlington, NJ project illustrates this capability, and thus enables the facility to remain on the cutting edge of its industry.” The economic benefits of CHP are derived from their improved efficiency in comparison to traditional utility-grade power plants. While the typical plant is 35 percent efficient and loses an additional 1-2 percent in transmission, onsite CHP technologies can reach efficiencies of over 85 percent by reusing the waste heat that is a natural by-product of electric generation. In addition, lucrative incentives are available in New Jersey and many other states to help offset the cost of CHP projects. The Masonic Village of Burlington, NJ received a $996,000 grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for execution of this project. “It takes a forward thinking executive team to accomplish a project of this magnitude, and we would like to thank the Masonic Village of Burlington, NJ and Ashlar Creative Solutions for their contributions throughout this process.” said Goodman. “In addition, the staff at PSE&G, TRC, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities all played critical roles in making this project happen, and showed exactly why New Jersey is a national leader in alternative energy adoption. We would also like to thank our partners at Blue Sky Power, Ray Angelini Inc. and MCFA Global, who continue to set themselves apart in their ability to facilitate and execute these types of projects.” Further information: www.energ-rudox.com
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After sleeping and meeting up for breakfast, we quickly realised there was a serious problem: Aurora was low on energy, plus the cold night had robbed the car of an additional 10km - this left us with just 18km. We were supposed to be at ESCP Europe’s Berlin Campus at 12.30pm, and there are no Tesla Super Chargers in the city centre. After searching for nearby EV charging stations on our phones, we drove to two Vattenfall charging stations. We were surprised to find they only work with charging cards, which seemed ludicrous and made the charging stations inaccessible. As a result we were not be able to drive all three cars to the Berlin Campus. Maher found an app called Plugsurfing that mapped all EV charging stations in Berlin. This enabled Ben to get to a pay-as-you-go EV charging station close to our hotel. We had to leave Aurora to charge and, after a little rearrangement, we were back on schedule to arrive at the campus for 12:30pm! As we arrived at the Berlin campus we were welcomed with a barrage of friendly faces, including a photographer. The focus was clearly on the gorgeous Tesla Model S vehicles, but we would also like to think that they were excited to meet the EVRT team, too. The Berlin campus is grand and resembles an old German palace with a driveway fit for a king. Inside is equally as grand, and the room used to host our Berlin energy conference had Roman-style pillars and a balcony that circled the whole room. The room quickly filled with the ESCP Europe's Executive MBA participants, the EVRT team, staff, and members of the public who were interested in this great initiative and learning from the two international speakers: Dr Martin Oetting, and Ivo Hasse, (Alumnus of ESCP Europe's Executive Master in Energy Management). Dr Martin Oetting, an entrepreneur, and Tesla Model S owner, discussed his experience of Tesla ownership. He apologised for sounding like a Tesla representative, but explained that it's hard not to when the driving experience is so great! He also mentioned how proud he was to know that Tesla is creating a movement that allows people to drive fast cars that have a lower carbon impact. He created enthusiasm amongst the audience, who were clearly itching to try out the Tesla cars. The lunch break provided two options - enjoy the tasty German lunch provided by the Berlin campus, or go outside into the cold and experience the Tesla model S cars. Most people opted for the test driving. The second speaker, Ivo Hasse, gave a presentation on the 'Energiewende' in Germany. Energiewende refers to the energy transformation that has happened across Germany over the past 15 years: specifically a boom in renewable energies, such as solar and wind, leading to a reduction in the use of nuclear energy. In addition to this there is a controversial need to increase the use of lignite coal as a fuel source for electricity generation. Following the Berlin Campus Energy Conference, the team divided into groups of three. Ben and Afeez attended the City Car Summit 2016 held at the Pullman Hotel in Zoolooischergarten. This was an international conference that brought together engineers and executives from both traditional automotive and new mobility enterprises. Its focus was on new trends: harnessing new technologies and methods to create more urban-ready, shared-use-ready vehicles and auxiliary services. Afeez is the founder of TryMyEV, a platform that brings together electric vehicle (EV) owners with those who are interested in trying, renting, and buying EVs. Ben is the founder of MyCars - a hassle-free car rental service in Dubai where members can rent electric cars by the hour. The summit highlighted the added values from driving around Europe in an EVRT. The rest of the gang took Jupiter and Thor to the Super Charger Station located on the outskirts of Berlin. Once the batteries were fully charged they drove into the city centre to catch a photo opportunity in front of the Brandenburger Tor. We spent our evening at a restaurant named 'Super', located in the Bikini building. A rooftop establishment, 'Super' was extremely hip in its interior design. We ate a delicious meal that was the perfect remedy for days of burgers eaten at motorway rest stops! Written by Viktor Von Selchow, Bachelor in Management (BSc) student at ESCP Europe Business School. Please click here to read day 3 of the ESCP Europe Electric Vehicle Road Trip.
Energy Efficiency

Texas faces an unusual scenario when it seeks to advance property-assessed clean energy (PACE). The state has a tradition of seeking private-sector solutions and streamlining government activities. This means PACE methods adopted in other states — such as Connecticut — would not work in Texas.