After 3 years of working to bring PACE to New Jersey, and close to a real launch, we have scheduled The New Jersey PACE Summit – the first of its kind event for PACE in NJ. We are seeking Founding Sponsorships and Event Sponsorships, a schedule of which you can view at NJPACE-Sponsorship.
From the Sponsors’ perspectives, they’re passionate about being able to award dollars for something they believe in and want to support, while gaining recognition and acknowledgement far beyond what they could get through paid advertising.
Our goal in recognizing our Sponsors is therefore to convey something significant about them, and about their support for us.
Our first Founding Sponsor is an out-of-state company — MSL Group — that’s been doing PACE projects in other states. It’s an indication of what energy services firms who are operating in states where PACE is thriving, know, that NJ firms don’t yet know: that PACE is actually as good as it sounds, for every stakeholder.
MSL’s President, Mike Licamele, will be speaking on a panel at the 2015 New Jersey PACE Summit on June 12 about his firm’s experience with PACE in other states, and his firm’s interest in setting up shop in states as soon as PACE is available. Mike publishes an Energy Blog that’s worth keeping up with, because he tells it simply and clearly as it is. His latest post, “Solar Nirvana for Commercial Property Owners in Connecticut in 2015,” basically says “Forget what you know about solar, about financing, and about rising electricity costs — you can now get solar for 40% less than two years ago, and financed 100% through C-PACE.
Our second Founding Sponsor is local, however: Sander Mechanical, based in Branchburg, NJ.
Sander Mechanical is an HVAC service and mechanical construction company that’s been helping building owners and facility managers create and maintain optimal indoor environments since 1965. As an MSCA GreenSTAR contractor, the company’s energy solutions have helped many facilities reduce energy consumption, eliminate energy waste, and improve operating costs through intelligent controls, building automation, and high-efficiency HVAC systems.
The Fund for New Jersey has contributed as an Event Host to help make The New Jersey PACE Summit a reality. The Fund works to improve the quality of public policy decision-making on the most significant issues facing the people of New Jersey. Their grant-making “advances systemic and sustainable solutions to public problems through the work of policy, advocacy, analysis, and organizing.” All of which, we might add, applies pretty clearly to PACE. We appreciate what The Fund For New Jersey does for NJ, and for NJPACE.
Our second Event Host is Aegis Energy Services, “an innovative Combined Heat and Power (CHP) company based in Holyoke, MA. Founded in 1985, Aegis Energy Services’ modular systems are currently utilized across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic providing sustainable, clean power options for a wide array of customers.” By providing on-site power generation, CHP, also known as Cogeneration, can be up to 85% efficient. This saves money on electricity while also saving on heating costs.
A third Event Host, M&E Engineers, is local — Somerville, NJ, to be precise — and is proud to have been, for over 30 years, “on the cutting edge of mechanical and electrical technology and innovation and has grown to become one of the most sought after mechanical and electrical engineering consulting firms in the Mid Atlantic region.”
A special thanks to my colleagues at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise. Co-founder Jeana Wirtenberg and the Institute’s Director, Professor Joel Harmon, have supported and stimulated many of our ideas over nearly a decade, and this one is no different.
We’re also grateful to NJ Future for posting our event.