Alameda County Gives the Green Light to Solar Power and Energy Efficiency

Largest Solar Rooftop Installation in the Country to Use PowerGuard(R)

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 21 — Alameda County Board of Supervisors has given the green light for PowerLight of Berkeley to install a 500 Kilowatt solar electric installation — the largest roof-mounted system in the United States — at its Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California. In addition, the Supervisors approved the installation of several energy efficiency projects by CMS Viron Energy Services as part of the County’s aggressive efforts to reduce and stabilize future energy costs. “Over the past several years, Alameda County has reduced electricity use by more than 30 percent — and we save more than $3 million every year by doing so,” said Alameda County supervisor Scott Haggerty, President of the Board of Supervisors. “But because we want to take a leadership role in energy conservation, we are committed to exploring every option to reduce our energy consumption and save taxpayer dollars. We are confident that solar energy is a very smart addition to our overall energy strategy.” Once the Santa Rita project is complete, it will reduce the facility’s consumption of grid-generated electricity by approximately 20%, through both solar power generation and energy conservation. As a result, Alameda County taxpayers will save millions of dollars over the life of the project. It is the first of many anticipated solar installations on Alameda County’s buildings. “We estimate that Alameda County will save an average of $190,000 in electricity costs per year as a result of deploying solar power — leading to $5.5 million in overall savings,” said Alameda County Energy Program Manager Matt Muniz. “By installing PowerLight’s PowerGuard® system, we’ll reduce costs, reduce pollution and conserve natural resources. The unique attributes of a PowerGuard® solar installation will not only supply us with clean power, but will also deliver HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) benefits as well.” The Alameda County project takes a two-fold approach to reducing Santa Rita jail’s electric utility bill. First, clean energy is generated through a giant 500 Kilowatt PowerGuard® solar installation consisting of approximately 6,000 roof tiles. Second, the jail’s energy efficiency is dramatically improved through a combination of added insulation from the solar roof tiles and a comprehensive upgrade to the jail’s central plant, including state-of-the-art cooling equipment and controls. The project, which will be completed by early summer, will result in the annual generation of 650,000 kilowatt-hours of clean energy, and save an additional 890,000 kilowatt-hours. “It’s great to be part of a project that’s environmentally friendly and saves taxpayers money. We admire Alameda County for its vision in initiating this ‘green’ energy approach,” said PowerLight President and CEO Tom Dinwoodie. “The Santa Rita project will be the largest known solar electric installation in the United States — and, we believe, in the entire Western Hemisphere.” CMS Viron Energy Services will implement the central plant efficiency improvements. CMS Viron is a premier energy services company with over 25 years of experience providing comprehensive energy solutions. CMS Viron’s President John Mahoney lauds Alameda County for its vision in undertaking the Santa Rita project. “As energy becomes increasingly expensive, other public agencies will follow Alameda County’s lead and perform energy efficiency upgrades to help manage costs and revitalize aging facilities,” Mahoney said. Accountability is another key feature of this project. Both PowerLight and CMS Viron will install energy management systems to verify and monitor the project’s expected performance. And twenty-year warranties on power generation will ensure that the County of Alameda will be getting clean power from its PowerGuard® installation for decades to come. About PowerLight PowerLight Corporation is the nation’s leading designer, manufacturer and installer of grid-connected commercial solar electric systems. Founded in 1991, PowerLight’s products deliver reliable, affordable, clean power for commercial customers throughout the US and worldwide. Last year, INC. Magazine ranked PowerLight among the top 200 fastest growing privately held companies in the US. About CMS Viron Energy Services CMS Viron Energy Services, a subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation, is an engineering-based energy services company specializing in energy performance contracting and turnkey energy projects. CMS Viron is accredited by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO), is a charter EPA Energy Star Building Ally, and is qualified by the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Energy. CMS Viron is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and has offices throughout the United States. CMS Energy Corporation is a $15 billion international energy company operating in 21 countries around the world. SOURCE: PowerLight Corporation; Alameda County Board of Supervisors

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