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
"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.
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 http://www.sunedison.com. The company headquarters is located
in Beltsville, Md.
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 http://www.gsa.gov/r8 for more information.
SOURCE U.S. General Services Administration