“I’ve always felt the need to make a difference and was recruited by (New Jersey Public Interest Research Group) for their global warming campaign,” he said. “But I’ve always had an eye on business and felt that business and sustainability can merge.”
As part of his relationship with NJPIRG, a nonprofit organization funded by Rutgers University, Jermer coordinated the Solar Summit last week at the university’s Douglass Campus in New Brunswick.
“The idea is that it can not only produce environmental benefits, but also more efficient economic benefits,” he said. “Those cities that have opened the door for solar energy with the adoption of strong, smart public policies are building the nation’s most successful solar markets.”
He said this commitment to solar energy comes from surprising, often under-reported places, such as Kansas City, Missouri. A product of the Missouri State House Bill No. 142 of 2013, Kansas City Power & Light offers rebate incentives to businesses and homeowners who retrofit solar panels to their homes and supply surplus energy back to the grid.
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