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For Immediate Release: Contact: Peter Peretzman
Date: 10/3/2018 609-984-9707
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) recently made an important local impact when it approved a substantial incentive payment for the state’s first-ever multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home project.
TRENTON—The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) recently made an important local impact when it approved a substantial incentive payment for the state’s first-ever multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home project.


The project, the Westville Commons Senior Apartment Housing Complex, has 64 rental housing units in an all-electric, four-story building. Fifty-six of the units have one bedroom while eight have two bedrooms. Based on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) it is estimated that the project will save 110,342 kWh in electric savings. The complex is so energy efficient that its solar photovoltaic system (PV) is expected to offset all or almost all of the energy the Complex will need, producing nearly no greenhouse gas emissions.


“This is an extremely exciting project,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “The New Jersey Clean Energy Program provides incentives for the construction of energy efficient homes that use solar power to provide a healthier, more environmentally-friendly home for individual residents and families. This type of program is aligned with Governor Murphy’s clean energy goals.”


“If we can save energy, reduce heating and cooling costs, and use clean energy technology, it is a project well worth incentivizing,” added President Fiordaliso.


The project developer, RPM Associates, will receive approximately $250,000 in clean energy incentives upon completion of this project.


In addition to being more energy efficient and using solar energy, New Jersey’s Zero Energy Ready Homes, administered by NJBPU’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP)TM, are designed to have better indoor air quality, increased comfort, and less sound pollution than the average home. The additional benefits of net-zero energy buildings are that they have increased value and save money in relation to energy, water usage, and overall maintenance. They also offer exceptional health, safety, and comfort to their occupants while reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.


Since 2001, NJCEP’s Residential New Construction (RNC) Program has provided more than 70,000 rebates to builders and developers for building energy efficient and clean energy homes and multifamily apartments. Five single-family Zero Energy Ready Home projects have been built in New Jersey since 2016.


Since 2017, the RNC Program completed 3,436 new construction units, 70 percent of which were multifamily. 


The RNC Program pairs builders and contractors with one of 14 program raters, who guide participants through the program process, including helping to design the buildings, carrying out site inspections, preparing program applications and submissions, and offering continuous energy expertise and assistance throughout the project’s lifecycle. 



About the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU)
The NJBPU is a state agency and regulatory authority mandated to ensure safe, adequate and proper utility services at reasonable rates for New Jersey customers. Critical services regulated by the NJBPU include natural gas, electricity, water, wastewater, telecommunications and cable television. The Board has general oversight and responsibility for monitoring utility service, responding to consumer complaints, and investigating utility accidents.
To find out more about the NJBPU, visit our web site at



About the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP)
NJCEP, established on January 22, 2003, in accordance with the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act (EDECA), provides financial and other incentives to the State's residential customers, businesses and schools that install high-efficiency or renewable energy technologies, thereby reducing energy usage, lowering customers' energy bills and reducing environmental impacts. The program is authorized and overseen by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), and its website is