DOWNINGTON, Pa., April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Sports, the most comprehensive multi-sport facility and premiere sports destination in the Northeast, is committing to a cleaner environment for the kids. The Company has partnered with Mercury Solar Systems, one of the East Coast's top solar integrators and Exelon Corporation, one of the largest retail energy suppliers in the country, on a ground breaking energy project to be unveiled Thursday, April 21st at 11:00am. Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA 6th District) will join United Sports executives, employees and partners to commemorate the event.
"United Sports is excited about the positive energy decisions we are making with Sage Energy, Mercury Solar Systems and Exelon, said Ted van Beuren, President/CEO, United Sports. To think that two-thirds of our energy needs will be supplied through renewable solar and hydro power at a substantial savings is a win-win for all!"
The environmental benefits of these systems over their lifetime are equivalent to driving an average size car 50,000,000 miles, flying 44 trips to the moon and back, and planting over 175,000 trees. The 207kW solar energy system consists of 1,035 panels that span the roof of the complex and United Sports is also tapping into the Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station in Darlington, MD to generate energy from water. These two projects will enable United Sports to run two-thirds of the complex with renewable sources of energy.
"United Sports went the distance to incorporate cutting edge green technologies into the design of the complex," said Andrew Kleeman, Senior Vice President, New Markets at Mercury Solar Systems. "The solar system alone will generate enough energy to power 17 average sized homes but more importantly significant clean energy for the kids that actively play at the complex each and every year."
"We at Sage Energy Investments are proud to be bringing solar and hydroelectric power to United Sports, the premier sports and recreation complex on the East Coast," said Peter Corbett, Managing Partner. "Given the recent catastrophes of the Gulf oil spill and the nuclear meltdown in Japan, timing could not be better to showcase the viability of alternative energy strategies. With over 1,000,000 annual visitors, many impressionable youth, United Sports is the ideal location to get this message out and show that clean, renewable energy makes sense for the future of this country."
To download hi-resolution photos of the solar system visit http://www.mercurysolarsystems.com/content/newsroom/photographs.asp.
About United Sports
United Sports is a 127,000 square-foot indoor, 60-acre outdoor sports complex located in the heart of Chester County, PA. This privately-funded project transformed a historic, but long-neglected, airport into a major center for public recreation and field access. For more information visit http://unitedsports.net.
About Mercury Solar Systems
Mercury Solar Systems is one of the leading solar integrators on the East Coast and Inc.500's "10th Fastest Growing Energy Company". The Company designs and installs solar energy systems for the commercial and residential marketplace and to date has installed over 1,500 solar systems in excess of 20MW of energy. Mercury Solar Systems is a subsidiary of Mercury Energy, a leading provider of solar energy systems throughout the United States. For more information visit www.MercurySolarSystems.com.
Mercury Solar Systems is a registered trademark of Mercury Solar Systems, Inc.
About Exelon Corporation
Exelon Generation has one of the industry's largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. It is the largest owner/operator of nuclear plants in the United States. Exelon delivers electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois via ComEd and southeastern Pennsylvania via PECO, as well as natural gas to approximately 490,000 customers in the Philadelphia area via PECO. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol EXC. For more information visit www.exeloncorp.com
SOURCE United Sports