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Mayor Bouley Joins Concord Energy and Environment Advisory Committee as the City of Concord Implements Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative

October 27, 2011

Ceremony marks completion of solar thermal installations, LED pedestrian traffic signals and advanced lighting upgrades and controls that will help save the City of Concord over $41,500 a year in energy costs, and reduce their carbon footprint by more than 292,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

Mayor James Bouley and state and municipal officials attended an event today at Broadway Fire Station to celebrate the completion of several solar thermal and energy efficiency projects, and to highlight the unique partnership that helped realize both the economic and environmental benefits of the city-wide initiative.  New Hampshire Table DisplayThe project was a collaboration between the City of Concord, the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, the New Hampshire Department of Public Utilities, the United States Department of Energy, Unitil Corporation and ConEdison Solutions, a leading energy services company.  The project received critical funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“Solar energy has gone from novelty to the mainstream here in Concord,” said Mayor James Bouley.  “We are proud to lead the charge in New Hampshire by installing solar thermal systems in four of our facilities.  This innovative renewable solution coupled with the LED pedestrian signals and comprehensive lighting upgrades means more clean energy and more jobs for New Hampshire.”

According to Rob Werner, City Councilor and Chair of the Concord Energy and Environment Advisory Committee, under the leadership of Mayor Bouley and City Manager Tom Aspell, the City of Concord has pioneered a path to integrate innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies into its mix of cost effective supply options.  Under this performance contract, the City will benefit from $41,500 in annual energy cost savings and reduce its carbon footprint by almost 292,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

New Hampshire Solar PanelsIn March 2010, the City of Concord conducted a competitive procurement process to engage a private third party to provide turnkey energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions under a performance-based energy contract.  It was through this process that ConEdison Solutions was selected to design and install the solar thermal systems, the LED pedestrian traffic signals, and the innovative lighting upgrades and lighting controls.  This project is being implemented as a phase I of a comprehensive performance contract.

“Not only will the newly installed solar panels help reduce the Broadway Fire Station’s utility bills, but they will serve as a teaching tool to the City’s residents, the business community and to the Concord School District students about energy efficiency and renewable energy,” said Joanne Morin, Director, NH Office of Energy and Planning.  “Governor Lynch has made it a priority to improve energy efficiency across the State and to increase renewable energy.  Projects like these will save NH taxpayers money, create jobs, and help protect the environment.

“This project would not have been possible without the leadership and commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency by the Mayor, Governor, Legislature and the State of New Hampshire,” said City Manager Tom Aspell.  “We are thrilled to have played a pivotal role in connecting the private sector with a municipal government, which generated green collar jobs in the near-term during the installation process and will provide exceptional cost savings to the City for the long-term.”

"Through this forward-looking initiative, the City of Concord is setting an excellent example for municipalities nationwide," Michael Gibsonsaid Michael W. Gibson, P.E., Vice President, Energy Services for ConEdison Solutions.  "Our firm was gratified to have been selected by the City to help Concord achieve significant, long-term reductions in its carbon footprint.  We share the City of Concord's commitment to the success of this exciting, multi-faceted program and look forward to the continuation of our work with the City."

About the City of Concord, NH
City of Concord, located in Merrimack County and incorporated in 1733 is the state capital of New Hampshire.  Concord has enjoyed the tenth largest numeric change in population over 50 years.  The 2009 Census estimate for Concord was 42,463 residents, which ranked third among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.  Concord contains 64.0 square miles of land area and 3.2 square miles of inland water area.

About The New Office of Energy and Planning
The Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) is part of the Executive Department within the Office of the Governor.  OEP provides information, data and guidance to assist decision makers on issues pertaining to development, land protection, energy use and community planning. OEP guides the state’s future growth through public policy development, education, research, and partnership building.

About ConEdison Solutions
ConEdison Solutions is a leading energy services company that provides competitive power supply, renewable energy, sustainability services, and cost-effective energy solutions for commercial, industrial, residential, and government customers. The firm’s dedicated team of energy professionals delivers a broad range of electricity supply, consulting, demand-side management and performance contracting services. The company is based in Valhalla, New York, with offices in; Burlington, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Falls Church, Virginia; Houston, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Durham, North Carolina; Overland Park, Kansas and Chicago, Illinois. ConEdison Solutions is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED).

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