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Kerman, California Dedicates New Solar Installation At City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant

October 22, 2013

City Officials Join ConEdison Solutions and Borrego Solar Systems  To Launch Facility Delivering Net Annual Savings In Electricity Costs

 

 

Mayor Gary Yep and City Manager Luis Patlan of Kerman, Calif. joined officials of ConEdison Solutions and Borrego Solar Systems today to dedicate a state-of-the-art solar installation at the City of Kerman’s wastewater treatment plant. 

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By tapping solar power as an energy source, taxpayers will enjoy approximately 40-percent net reduction in the treatment plant’s electricity costs -- a savings of more than $95,000 per year.  In addition to cost savings, the use of clean and renewable solar power brings an array of environmental benefits and helps reduce America’s dependence on overseas fuel supplies. Through a 20-year purchase power agreement with ConEdison Solutions, the half-megawatt solar facility will supply 70 percent of the plant’s electricity and generate 940,000 kilowatt hours of power annually.

The 1,680-panel solar installation is owned and operated by ConEdison Solutions, an energy services company based in Valhalla, NY, and was constructed by Borrego Solar Systems Inc., a leading solar company headquartered in San Diego, CA. 

 

“Across the United States, forward-looking communities are leveraging both the environmental and economic benefits of solar power,” said Michael W. Gibson, Vice President of ConEdison Solutions.  “We applaud the City of Kerman for serving as a role model for municipalities nationwide through its creative commitment to renewable energy.”

 

“We expanded the capability of our waste water treatment facility to better serve the growing Kerman community, but this larger state-of-the-art operation requires more energy to operate, and in turn, more electricity,” said Mayor Gary Yep. “By going solar, Kerman is offsetting the increase in electricity, reducing our net-energy costs, and protecting our budget against future utility-rate increases while creating local jobs. This public-private partnership will reduce Kerman’s electricity costs for 20 years, and required zero upfront capital expense.”

 

"The extraction, treatment and distribution of water requires a tremendous amount of energy, and with California populations growing and the cost of electricity rising, the City of Kerman was wise to look to solar as a means of saving on energy costs,” said Mike Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar. “This installation is a testament to the City's commitment to bolstering local green jobs, supporting clean energy and reducing taxpayer burden.  Through the power purchase agreement, Kerman was able to move to solar energy with no upfront costs."

 

In other initiatives by the City, the wastewater treatment plant has undergone a $6.7 million expansion, the largest capital improvement initiative in the City’s history.  The plant expansion was made possible with a $2 million grant via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and a $4.7 million loan from California’s State Water Resources Board Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.  

 

 

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 company is based in Valhalla, New York, with offices in Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Burlington, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Falls Church, Virginia; Tampa, Florida; and Overland Park, Kansas. The firm’s dedicated team of energy professionals delivers a broad range of commodity, consulting, demand-side management and performance contracting services. ConEdison Solutions offers programs and services designed to help customers achieve their individual energy objectives and is accredited as an Energy Services Provider (ESP) by NAESCO.

 

ConEdison Solutions is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED). More information can be obtained by calling 1-888-210-8899 or visiting the ConEdison Solutions website at www.conedsolutions.com.  You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at www.conedison.com for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.

 

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About Borrego Solar

 

Established in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading financiers, designers, developers and installers of commercial and utility solar power systems. Borrego Solar’s photovoltaic systems are efficient, reliable and cost-effective. With more than three decades of experience and more than 1,000 solar power installations completed—totaling close to 90 MW—Borrego Solar offers a complete line of solar systems design and installation services throughout the country. For more information, visit http://www.borregosolar.com

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:     

Helen Nazaroff 
City of Kerman Office of the City Manager
(559) 846-9450

Cara Gentile
The Marino Organization For ConEdison Solutions
212-889-0808 x 125(o)
914-715-6145 (c)
cara@themarino.org

Tania Ku   
Schwartz MSL
For Borrego Solar 
(415) 512-0770
borregosolar@schwartzmal.com

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