NJ Mausoleum Gets Green Upgrade « CBS New York


New Jersey Cemetery Using Thousands Of Solar Panels To Power Mausoleum May 2, 2012 7:30 PM Mausoleum and solar panels at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Credit: CBS 2) Filed under Local, News, NJ News, Radio.com – News, Seen On CBS 2HD, Syndicated Local, Syndication, Watch + Listen Related tags Archdiocese of Newark, Catholic Cemeteries, East Hanover, Elise Finch, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Jeannie Harper, Joseph Verzi, Solar Panels, Susan Allender, Towaco, West Caldwell EAST HANOVER, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Cemeteries and solar panels are two things that aren’t usually mentioned in the same sentence. But one New Jersey cemetery finds it necessary to make that connection. Nearly 100000 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. “It’s 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 it’s 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 1000 solar panels on an unused

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