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Washington Gas Energy Systems Awarded Caroline County Public School System Contract to Build, Own and Operate Largest Public School System Solar Project on Maryland's Eastern Shore

6/27/2012

Solar Arrays to Power Student Classrooms

DENTON, Md. & MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. today announced it has signed a contract with Caroline County Public Schools and Kenyon Energy to build, own and operate three ground—mounted solar arrays. Combined, these three arrays will become the largest solar project associated with a K-12 public school system on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The expected annual output of 3,100 MWh will help power North Caroline High School, the Career and Technology Center (CCTC), Colonel Richardson Middle and High Schools, and Greensboro Elementary School.

"This project represents a unique collaboration between our public school system and solar energy providers and investors," said Milton Nagel , Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services for Caroline County Public Schools. "We are pleased to note that this solar project will not only help power our schools, but also serve as an educational vehicle in our classrooms. In addition, there will be no upfront cost to the Caroline County Public School System to undertake this effort. It's a win, win, win."

Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. will own and operate the systems under a Power Purchase Agreement and Kenyon Energy will install the systems. The three arrays of 919 kW-DC (North Caroline High School and CCTC), 796 kW-DC (Colonel Richardson Middle and High Schools) and 315 kW-DC (Greensboro Elementary), combined will create a 2,030 kW-DC ground-mounted system consisting of 8,288 solar panels.

"We are pleased to support the Caroline County Public School System's solar initiative which is in accord with our mission to invest in the development of renewable energy assets for the betterment of all," said Sanjiv Mahan , Vice President of Business Development for Washington Gas Energy Systems. "We thank Caroline County Public Schools for being our partner in this important project, bringing value to the community both educationally and environmentally."

When completed in September of this year, the arrays will cover eight acres surrounding the schools. The greenhouse gases avoided as a result of this solar project is equivalent to recycling 745 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill, or taking 419 passenger cars off the road for one year.

"We at Kenyon Energy look forward to working with Washington Gas Energy Systems and Caroline County Public Schools to install the solar arrays and help integrate this technology into the students' educational curriculum," said Michael Dykstra , Kenyon Energy Senior Vice President.

About Caroline County Public Schools

Caroline County Public Schools is a rural county wide school system located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, providing a high quality education for approximately 5,500 students in ten schools; five elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and one county-wide career and technology center. Caroline County Public Schools has offered full day kindergarten for all students for over twenty five years; pre-school programs are offered at all elementary schools and special classes for exceptional children are located within each school. Caroline County Public Schools has a long-standing commitment to maintaining small class sizes and with few exceptions, class sizes are kept below 30 students. For more information please visit our website: http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cl.k12.md.us&esheet=50325145&lan=en-US&anchor=www.cl.k12.md.us&index=1&md5=a525dab928cb96cd71b555b8eacc1d35.

About Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.

Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., an affiliate of Washington Gas and a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), successfully provides design-build energy efficient and sustainable solutions to government and commercial clients. Washington Gas Energy Systems also manages commercial solar projects for WGL Holdings. For more information on how Washington Gas Energy Systems can make solar power a reality for you, contact Nate Greenberg , 703-288-3614 x29, or e-mail nategreenberg@wges.com.

About Kenyon Energy

Through the national development and operation of on-site solar power facilities, Kenyon Energy provides cost effective, fixed price, renewable energy to offset a portion of a host's traditionally purchased energy consumption. Offering Power Purchase Agreements as well as Engineer, Procure, and Construct options, Kenyon Energy remains at the forefront of sustainability energy solutions. Kenyon Energy's mission is to exceed customer expectations in the integration and support of their renewable energy systems. Kenyon Energy provides funding, ownership, and ongoing operations for qualified PV systems ranging in size from 250kW to 10 MW. For more information, visit http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.KenyonEnergy.com&esheet=50325145&lan=en-US&anchor=www.KenyonEnergy.com&index=2&md5=aabc0573d91b069af6a1a3b9ff0baf1f.

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