Monroe Township officials said they are taking advantage of incentive programs from two of the state’s top utility companies to add clean energy initiatives to address capital improvement needs at the Monroe Community Center and the Monroe Senior Center.
Jersey Central Power & Light has approved the township’s application to replace the 14 rooftop HVAC units at the Monroe Community Center, 120 Monmouth Road, under the “Direct Install” program administered by the state Board of Public Utilities.
Of the total project cost of $723,186, JCP&L will provide a grant of $578,549. The township will only have to pay $144,637.25 over 60 monthly installments of $2,410.62 with no interest. Installation is expected later this year, once all materials have been received.
In addition, two replacement boilers have been installed at the Monroe Senior Center at 12 Halsey Reed Road, under the “Clean Energy Future” program, administered through Public Service Electric & Gas.
The total project cost is $117,912, but Monroe will only need to pay 27.2% of the cost, equal to $32,106, as part of the energy efficiency grant.
Monroe Mayor Stephen Dalina said the municipality was thrilled by the grants.
“The community center and senior center are two of the most popular facilities in our township, so it is important that we maintain energy-efficient climate control within the buildings throughout the year,” he said.
“We are thankful for New Jersey Clean Energy programs like JCP&L’s Direct Install and PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future that allow us to make these capital improvements as budget-friendly as possible.”