MCIA Hires an Energy Consultant for the County's Solar Projects

The Morris County Improvement Authority has voted unanimously to hire a Florham Park based engineering firm, Matrix New World Engineering, Inc., for renewable engineering consulting services for the county’s solar energy projects.

Matrix, which has experience on numerous major government projects, will review and advise the MCIA on construction management issues related to the county’s solar projects. A second consultant is expected to be hired soon to offer economic analysis and solar renewable energy credit consulting services.

Information and advice provided by these consultants will help guide the county on future steps to take regarding its existing and proposed solar energy projects.

“We are seeking to determine the viability of building out our solar projects, as planned, or whether to pull back in part or whole on those efforts,’’ said Morris County Administrator John Bonanni, who is MCIA chairman.

A specially formed committee reviewed applicants that responded to an MCIA request for proposals and recommended Matrix. That committee is now reviewing the second group of respondents for the second consulting job, with a decision likely by the end of the month.

The county freeholders, at the board’s June 10 meeting, endorsed the hiring of Matrix by a split 3-2 vote, with one abstention.

In hiring Matrix and the second consultant, the Improvement Authority is seeking to replace its current energy consultant, Gabel Associates, which offered its resignation effective June 1. Gabel has agreed to stay on for a short time until the MCIA finds a replacement.

The MCIA last month also hired Matthew Jessup, of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, as its new general counsel, bond counsel and energy counsel, effective June 1. He replaced longtime counsel Stephen Pearlman, who recently resigned. The Authority has moved expeditiously to find a highly qualified replacements for Pearlman and Gabel Associates to ensure a smooth transition to handle key, ongoing projects.

Improvement Authority Hires Matthew Jessup as its New General, Bond and Energy Counsel

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The Morris County Improvement Authority (MCIA) has voted unanimously to hire Matthew Jessup, of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, as its new general counsel, bond counsel and energy counsel, effective June 1.

Jessup, who had served as a special MCIA consultant on its solar projects, replaces longtime counsel Stephen Pearlman, who recently resigned. The MCIA moved expeditiously to find a highly qualified replacement to ensure a smooth transition to handle key, ongoing projects.

“Matt Jessup is a well-qualified attorney with great integrity, and who also has experience with the MCIA and its solar projects, so he is an exceptional choice,’’ said Morris County Administrator John Bonanni, who is the chairman of the MCIA.

The Improvement Authority also is seeking a replacement for its energy consultant Gabel Associates, which also offered its resignation effective June 1. But Gabel has agreed to stay on for a short time until the MCIA finds a replacement.

Jessup received his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law, an M.B.A. from Villanova University and his B.B.A. degree in finance from George Washington University. He works primarily on a broad array of public finance transactions and redevelopment projects, representing many municipalities, counties, and utility and sewerage authority clients.

He was hired by the Freeholders in 2013 to work with MCIA Counsel Stephen Pearlman on the Authority’s solar/renewable energy projects.

Since the Improvement Authority was established by the Morris County Freeholders, it has been providing municipalities, school districts and the county itself with innovative and cost effective methods of funding projects and saving tax dollars at the same time. By using the MCIA and the county’s AAA Bond rating to finance projects, such as equipment and vehicle purchases and school and municipal construction, local officials have been able to cut costs and thereby and help reduce the property tax burden on residents.

For more information on the MCIA, please visit: https://improvement.morriscountynj.gov/

For more information on the MCIA’s Renewable Energy Program, please visit: https://improvement.morriscountynj.gov/2012/10/renewable-energy-program-produces.html