Energy’s role in N.J.’s future: 5 questions with William Sullivan of Scarinci Hollenbeck

William Sullivan

Chair, Environmental Practice Group

Scarinci Hollenbeck


What is your organization’s role in the clean energy space? 

For many years, Scarinci Hollenbeck has worked with businesses and public entities to advance the use of clean energy technologies and business practices. Those efforts have included solar energy installations, energy-efficient modifications to existing buildings, use of renewable energy and energy-efficient technology in new buildings and projects to improve grid efficiency and provide co-generation facilities.

How does your organization’s service promote and enable greater energy efficiency and sustainability for your clients?

We help clients navigate the complex and often cumbersome regulatory requirements that must be addressed to construct renewable energy and energy-efficient projects and qualify for critical financial incentives available for those projects.

What are your clients finding as the biggest challenges New Jersey faces today in its efforts to transition from oil and gas to renewable energy, and what is your role in assisting?

“Some renewable technologies remain cost-prohibitive, particularly for smaller businesses. Governmental financial incentives are available in some instances, but obtaining that financing often requires assistance that we can provide.”

How do the services your organization offers play into economic and environmental advancements?

“Scarinci Hollenbeck assists businesses and local governments that are involved in the critical economic and environmental issues of our time, including the increasing reliance on renewable resources, promotion of transit-oriented development, providing product distribution services while controlling environmental impact and providing much-needed housing for New Jersey residents.”

What do you see as New Jersey’s biggest long-term obstacles to getting to net zero by 2050?

“To meet this ambitious goal, New Jersey residents will need to internalize it and accept some changes that they initially might not want to accept. However, if policymakers and business leaders can use their positions to make the case that many of these changes will have broader social and economic benefits beyond controlling the pace of climate change, more New Jersey residents will take those necessary steps toward a more sustainable future.”