Skip to comments.New Jersey Cemetery Using Thousands Of Solar Panels To Power Mausoleum
Posted on 05/03/2012 12:04:59 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
Cemeteries and solar panels are two things that arent usually mentioned in the same sentence.
But one New Jersey cemetery finds it necessary to make that connection.
Nearly 100,000 people are buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, New Jersey. But each year more and more people are choosing this bright, airy mausoleum as their final resting place.
The lighting and the music is beautiful, Jeannie Harper of Towaco told CBS 2′s Elise Finch. Its a change from outside
I feel hopefulness and the sense of eternal life when I come in here, Susan Allender of West Caldwell added.
This climate-controlled building is complete with an audio system and dramatic lighting. It sits on two acres of land, so its expensive to operate. Owned by the Archdiocese of Newark, the catholic cemetery got a green upgrade thanks to a partnership with a solar company. The company covered the $1.2 million dollar cost of the project, and then installed more than 1,000 solar panels on an unused part of the cemetery.
On an annual basis it gives us about 57 percent of the power for this building, Assistant Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries Joseph Verzi said.
Even on rainy days, these panels capture solar energy. Over a ten-year period theyre expected to help the cemetery save $265,000 on electric bills.
Our bill here on a monthly basis was $4000, Verzi explained. After the solar panels, it would be about $1,700.
I think it was a great, innovative idea, Allender said.
With 35% of clients now requesting to be inhumed in the mausoleum, Gate of Heaven receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Energy efficiency became a problem, and these solar panels provided the solution.
The solar panels are part of a larger eco-friendly initiative at the Catholic Cemeteries, which also includes a new green burial procedure.
Sounds like an Obama program to me.
Over my dead body will anyone set up a solar panel on any property of mine.
includes a new green burial procedure.
I dont want to know..
I don’t know that I have ever seen anyone who raves about all their savings on solar mention the cost of installation. Kind of like those folks who trade in a perfectly good paid for auto for a new electric one, or even a hybrid or cross over don’t include the increased cost of insurance, taxes or car payments in with their so-called savings. All you seem to hear about is the increased gas mileage which is often not that much. Perhaps they have more money than I so it’s no big deal.
“audio system and dramatic lighting...”
I guess the residents need music and light to read by.
I suppose they listen to the Grateful Dead.
Hey why not? Their votes probably put the people who support solar power in office.
True. Dead people are one of the Democrats' most reliable voting blocks (along with illegal aliens and convicted felons).