June 14, 2016

News Release originally published on June 14, 2016
TRENTON, N.J. – Today, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Commissioner Joseph Fiordaliso presented twelve New Jersey contractor companies with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2015 Century Club Award, which recognizes contractors who have completed 100 or more comprehensive Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES)projects under New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program.

“One of the best ways to lower individual energy bills and energy prices for everyone is through energy conservation,” said Commissioner Fiordaliso. “The cheapest and cleanest energy is that which is not needed to be produced. These accomplishments demonstrate New Jersey’s continued commitment to the implementation of energy efficient technologies to reduce the cost of energy for all ratepayers and to provide a cleaner environment.”

The NJBPU and the participating contractors are recognized for their commitment to energy efficiency, specifically for the accomplishments through HPwES, a residential energy efficiency program. HPwES helps homeowners save up to 30% on their energy bills by having energy efficient upgrades installed in their homes by Building Performance Institute (BPI) GoldStar contractors. The HPwES program provides significant rebates in addition to 0% interest financing up to $10,000 with a 7-year maximum term for New Jersey residents.

Two of New Jersey’s Century Club award winners, Allied Construction LLC and Home Energy Matters Inc. were also honored with the 2016 ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year Award. Given by the DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the award recognizes a select group of HPwES participating contractors, who exhibit outstanding professionalism, build strong customer relationships and apply building science solutions to improve homes.

Allied Construction LLC, of Cherry Hill, NJ, completed 1,695 HPwES projects, which ranks #1 nationwide for the most projects completed in 2015. Overall in 2015, New Jersey completed 6,248 HPwES projects. In 2015, 60% of the projects completed achieved 25% or more in estimated total energy savings. The program in total saved 226,421 MMBtu in 2015, which is the equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 2,527 passenger vehicles driven for one year. The twelve honored contractors epresent just 12% of the total NJ HPwES contractor base, yet delivered almost 70% of the program’s project completions in 2015.

Additionally, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and its Residential New Construction Program also earned the 2016 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award in recognition of its continued commitment to providing the nation’s homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes. This award recognizes the organization’s work in promoting energy efficient construction and helping homebuyers experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that come with living in an ENERGY STAR certified home.

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program provides financial and other incentives to the state's residential customers, businesses and local governments that install high-efficiency or renewable energy technologies. These programs are administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

For more information about the NJBPU or its Clean Energy Programs, visit NJCleanEnergy.com or call

866-NJSMART.

 ** NOTE –  Award presentation pictures with company representatives are available at: 
http://www.nj.gov/bpu/newsroom/photos/index.shtml