Denver Federal Center to Build Solar Park

Aug 03, 2007, 01:00 ET from U.S. General Services Administration

    DENVER, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. General Services
 Administration (GSA) Rocky Mountain Region awarded a $6.9M contract on May
 29, 2007 to SunEdison for the design and construction of a solar park at
 the Denver Federal Center (DFC). The park will consist of photovoltaic
 arrays located on a six-acre site adjacent to 6th Avenue in Lakewood,
 Colorado. Construction is expected to start during late summer/early fall
 of 2007, with electric generation beginning mid-December 2007.
     "The solar park is a perfect example of how the federal government can
 work with its industry partners to embrace green technology," said GSA
 Regional Administrator Leslie Plomondon. "The project promotes
 Administration efforts to conserve electricity through the use of renewable
 energy." Plomondon said the project would not be possible without the
 support of Colorado's citizens, GSA, Xcel Energy, and SunEdison. In 2005,
 Colorado was the first state in the union where voters passed a Renewable
 Energy Source (RES) initiative.
     Growth in Colorado will continue to create a greater demand for energy;
 therefore, it is critical to explore new more diverse energy resources. The
 solar park is an important opportunity for GSA to meet the renewable energy
 guidelines set forth by Congress, and it brings the DFC closer to its
 vision of being "the most sustainable campus in the country by 2020." The
 project is also important for Xcel Energy in meeting Colorado's Renewable
 Energy Standard, which requires that large electric utilities generate 20
 percent of their power through renewable energy sources by 2020.
     GSA will build a one-megawatt system that will generate nearly 10
 percent of the one square mile campus' peak electric demand. The power
 generated by this system is the equivalent to powering approximately 145
 homes each year. "The size of this project shows that solar power can be
 done on a medium-sized level and that the government can set a tremendous
 example by leading the way," said Fred Stoffel, Xcel Energy Vice President
 of Marketing.
     "SunEdison is pleased to be working with the leaders at GSA and Xcel
 Energy to extend solar energy in Colorado. Colorado is a leader in the
 deployment of utility-scale solar," added Jigar Shah, CEO of SunEdison,
 North America's first and largest solar energy services provider.
     About SunEdison
     Sun Edison, LLC, is North America's leading solar energy services
 provider. SunEdison provides solar-generated energy at or below current
 retail utility rates to a broad and diverse client base of commercial,
 municipal and utility customers. For more information about SunEdison,
 please visit The company headquarters is located
 in Beltsville, Md.
     About GSA
     GSA is one of the largest public real estate organizations in the
 country. PBS has an inventory of over 347 million square feet of workspace
 for 1.1 million federal employees in 2,100 American communities. This
 includes more than 1,800 government-owned buildings, or approximately 51
 percent of GSA's
     total inventory. The remaining 49 percent is in privately owned leased
 facilities. Go to for more information.

SOURCE U.S. General Services Administration