Solar Energy Powers Marrocco Memorial Chapel

Sep 28, 2011, 08:03 ET from Trinity Solar

CLIFTON, N.J., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This Spring, the Marrocco Memorial Chapel joined thousands of other New Jersey residents and businesses in choosing to switch to solar energy in an effort to not only save money, but save the environment. The lack of control over long-term energy costs is one of the primary risks facing funeral homes today. For Marrocco, it only made sense to change to a more stable and predictable energy source such as that from solar energy.

By combining state and federal incentives, the upfront cost of solar became reasonable. By utilizing the Department of Treasury Section 1603 Grant, Marrocco cut more than $44,000 off the initial costs. That combined with 100% bonus accelerated depreciation, New Jersey's market for Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), and the electric savings that come from producing their own solar energy, Marrocco is expected to have a pay-back period between four and six years. Once the system is paid off, Marrocco will enjoy 20-plus years of free energy coming from the sun.

The 31 kW solar photovoltaic system covers about 45% of the 8,100 square foot roof of the Chapel and will generate over 35,000 kilowatt-hours per year, cutting approximately 95% from their annual energy bill.

Over the system's life, CO2 emissions are projected to be reduced by over 380 tons, equivalent to removing nearly 70 cars from the nation's highways.

For 110 years, the name Marrocco has become synonymous with superior funeral service in the northern New Jersey area. Since its inception in the late 1800's, it has been a family owned and operated business. It only made sense that they would choose Trinity Solar, also a family owned and operated business, to service their transition to renewable Solar Energy.

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