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Fiber-Optic Rotary Joint Manufacturer in Hamilton, N.J., Celebrates Art, Manufacturing and Sustainability with Ribbon-Cutting


Solar Power Generation System Installed by Solis Partners Marks Latest Princetel Sustainable Initiative

HAMILTON, N.J. -- A little over two years ago, when Princetel, a fiber-optic rotary joint manufacturer, was looking to relocate its headquarters, it was attracted to Hamilton, N.J. by its centralized location, large labor pool and the building’s location in the heart of the township’s designated Art and Culture district.

However, with those attractions came a fair share of obstacles, said Barry Zhang, CEO of Princetel,at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the overcoming of those obstacles through the celebration of Princetel’s commitment to art, manufacturing and sustainability, a theme that was emblazoned on a banner that hung above the speakers as they cut the ceremonial ribbon.

“Given all the challenges, we were undaunted,” said Zhang to the crowd of over 70 people, including employees, project partners, local politicians, and dignitaries. “We were determined to achieve our lofty goals.”

Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo, N.J. Assemblyman Daniel Benson, N.J. Senator Linda Greenstein and Jamie Hahn, co-founder and managing director of Solis Partners also spoke at the event.

The latest achievement and a major focus of the event was Princetel’s rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system, which was designed, engineered and constructed by Manasquan, N.J.-based Solis Partners, a leading commercial solar integrator in New Jersey. Solis Partners has demonstrated a strong track with installing commercial solar PV systems throughout the state.

“Solis Partners is pleased to have helped Princetel set their environmental bar even higher by incorporating another environmentally responsible practice into their day-to-day operation here in Hamilton,” said Hahn, who addressed the crowd. “Princetel’s commitment to optimizing clean energy generation and resource efficiency is an important testament to their initiatives and strategies to protect the environment and reduce their carbon footprint.”

The system was designed to cover 100 percent of Princetel’s electricity needs, and according to Zhang, the solar energy produced in May was four times the amount consumed. “That’s because the building was only half occupied, but it’s clear that our system is more efficient than anticipated and is performing well, to say the least,” he added. Princetel eventually plans to occupy the entire facility.

The system consists of 932solar panels, which are expected to produce approximately 223,182 kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year of operation. This equates to the reduction of more than 339,284 pounds of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of offsetting the power demand of 19 residential homes or removing 30 cars from the road each year.

Another green initiative, which was also celebrated at the event, included a major site remediation during which soil from the 3.2-acre brown field property was removed and replaced, including the soil from underneath the building.  

As a result of these green initiatives, Princetel is seeking Leader in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED “Gold” accreditation, a recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

In addition to Princetel’s green initiatives, Zhang spoke of the importance of art and manufacturing. Princetel participates in the town’s Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre public sculpture park that was founded in 1992 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairground by J. Seward Johnson to promote understanding of an appreciation for contemporary sculptures.

Princetel manufactures fiber-optic rotary joints (FORJs), which are key coupling devices in winches, robotic vehicles, wind turbines, satellite antennas, high-definition broadcasting systems, medical imaging systems and submarines. The products manufactured in Hamilton are sold worldwide, including in emerging economies such as India, China, Russia and South Africa, where indigenous technologies still do not exist.

“So ‘Trenton makes, the world takes’ – again,” he said, alluding to the famous saying celebrating the manufacturing history of nearby Trenton, N.J. “Today we celebrate the rebirth of this building. Art and culture brought us here, manufacturing propels us to success, and sustainability promises us a long-lasting legacy. Let’s hope that in a small way it signifies the reversal of a trend that has cast a shadow over the greater Trenton area.”  


About Princetel

Princetel is a U.S.-based manufacturer of fiber optic rotary joint products. The company markets its products throughout the industrialized world and some developing countries including India and China (more than 30 countries). Princetel has a sterling reputation amongst its employees, vendors and customers for its responsiveness, reliability and trustworthiness. The company actively promotes social responsibility, group harmony and environmental awareness.

About Solis Partners
Solis Partners is a leading turnkey provider of solar power systems for commercial, industrial, utility and nonprofit clients. Solis specializes in financing, constructing and operating distributed solar power plants that enable clients to meet their long-term energy needs while reducing operating costs and addressing their carbon liabilities. Solis is committed to providing its clients with the most efficient and cost effective path to solar. Solis Partners is headquartered in Manasquan, N.J. For more information, please call (732) 800-0052, or visit


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07/17/2012 - 09:38


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