New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers (NJSME)
2020 Award Winner!
The Borough of Sayreville wanted to take advantage of green energy through the use of solar arrays to reduce rising energy costs.
Borough Engineer David Samuel crafted an RFP requiring proposers to utilize creative approaches.
The accepted proposal proposed a solution to utilize the surface of the Borough's recharge lagoons and install a floating array of solar panels.
Prior to moving forward, Mr. Samuel and Borough Officials negotiated a Power Purchase Agreement between the two entities anticipated to save the Borough more than one million dollars over the next 15 years.
Being the first large scale floating array in New Jersey, getting NJDEP approval was difficult and required significant effort and time to achieve.
Mr. Samuel was directly involved in the oversight of all the planning and engineering design by the Utility and their engineering team.
The floating array is anticipated to power 100% of the Borough's recently constructed modernized Water Treatment Plant.