Washington Gas Energy Systems Unveils Solar Array in Marshfield, Massachusetts

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Washington Gas Energy Systems Unveils Solar Array in Marshfield, Massachusetts


Company Now Owns and Operates 15 MW at Six Systems Throughout State

MARSHFIELD, Mass. & MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The town of Marshfield, Mass. will unveil its 4-megawatt (MW) solar array in a ribbon cutting ceremony today with representatives from Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., AMSOLAR, SunDurance Energy and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The ground-mounted solar array is built on a capped landfill and consists of 13,518 panels covering 13 acres of land. Washington Gas Energy Systems will own and operate the array under a 20-year power purchasing agreement.

"The Marshfield Board of Selectmen are very proud of this partnership, and have worked intimately at every stage of the process, including with the Town Meeting voters," said Steve Robbins , chair of the Marshfield Board of Selectman. "The project was supported overwhelmingly at the Town meeting and will provide great financial opportunities for the Town."

With the completion of the Marshfield solar array, Washington Gas Energy Systems now owns and operates six projects in Massachusetts, including a 434-kilowatt system in Brookfield, a 3,802-kilowatt system in Bellingham, a 3,600-kilowatt system in Southbridge, a 2,400-kilowatt system in Orange and a 1,200-kilowatt system in Maynard. The Marshfield array was developed by AMSOLAR and engineered and built by SunDurance Energy. No Fossil Fuel was the original developer of the project.

"Investing in solar energy throughout Massachusetts is a key strategy for Washington Gas Energy Systems, and Marshfield is the latest of six projects we have completed in the state," said Sanjiv Mahan , vice president of business development for Washington Gas Energy Systems. "We will continue to invest in clean and renewable energy assets to support states like Massachusetts in achieving their long-term energy goals."

The system is expected to produce more than 5,000,000-kilowatt hours of clean energy each year, which is equivalent to the total annual electrical usage of approximately 485 average single-family homes. The array will help power Marshfield municipal buildings and schools.

"AMSOLAR is thrilled to have helped put the team together that delivered this project for the town of Marshfield," said Chris Hunter , senior vice president of AMSOLAR. "The project is a testament to the town's commitment to renewable energy and cements Marshfield as a forward thinking leader on sustainability issues."

The solar array is located at 120 Clay Pit Road in Marshfield.

"This is SunDurance Energy's second successful solar landfill project, extending the legacy of our parent company, The Conti Group, in closing over 50 landfills and superfund sites as a pioneer in environmental remediation," said Al Bucknam , chief executive officer of SunDurance Energy. "Landfills like Marshfield have sat dormant for years and it's gratifying to return unusable space to the productive purpose of clean energy production. We hope that this solar landfill accomplishment leads to many similar projects in the coming years in Massachusetts."

"We are thrilled to see a fully operational solar farm ready to start generating revenue for the town of Marshfield," said Mary O'Donnell , owner of No Fossil Fuel. "This really was a community-wide effort, and could not have been completed without the perseverance and vision of the employees, board members, volunteers and citizens of the town Marshfield as well as the teams at AMSOLAR, SunDurance and Washington Gas Energy Systems."     


About Town of Marshfield, Mass.

The Town of Marshfield is located in Southeastern Massachusetts in Plymouth County. A coastal community 30 miles from Boston, Marshfield has a yearly population of about 25,000 people which grows to about 40,000 in the summer months. Marshfield is 31.70 square miles in area, and contains 28.50 square miles of land and 3.25 square miles of water. The town has a traditional New England government structure with a three-member board of selectmen, an administrator and an open town meeting. The community takes pride in the education it offers its young people, in its sports programs and in its unique environmental beauty both on the coast and inland.


About Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.

Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., an affiliate of Washington Gas Light Company and a subsidiary of WGL Holdings (NYSE: WGL), design-builds and owns custom energy solutions that deliver financial, operational and carbon reduction results for non-residential customers across the United States. Washington Gas Energy Systems is focused on federal energy efficiency projects and commercial distributed generation assets including solar. For more information on how Washington Gas Energy Systems can make solar power a reality for you, contact Nate Greenberg, 703.333.3929, or email nategreenberg@wges.com. For further information about Washington Gas Energy Systems, please visit www.wgesystems.com



AMSOLAR is a leading developer of solar energy solutions for school districts, corporations, and municipalities nationwide. Founded in the United States in 2008, our three managing partners brought a successful 20-year track record of developing commercial and utility solar energy systems throughout the United States and Europe. Together with our parent company, Solen AG, we have installed over 3,000 facilities worldwide. AMSOLAR brings together best in class finance, development, engineering and installation capabilities. For more information on AMSOLAR, contact Jared Quient at 760-480-7460 or email jared@amsolarcorp.com.


About SunDurance Energy

SunDurance Energy, LLC is a solar energy company that develops, designs, builds and operates megawatt-scale solar power solutions for government and private clients in distributed generation and grid-feed power applications. SunDurance offers full in-house design and project execution capabilities, rigorous value engineering processes, significant bonding capacity, and deep design/build experience. SunDurance is part of The Conti Group, a century-old, nationwide leader in infrastructure development, engineering and construction, power, water, environmental remediation and homeland security. In 2011, SunDurance was ranked #38 on Inc. Magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America and #3 in the Energy sector. For more information see www.SunDuranceEnergy.com.


About No Fossil Fuel

No Fossil Fuel owns and operates the 6MW wind farm in Kingston, MA, and develops renewable energy facilities. The company is owned by Mary O'Donnell and includes a development team of Jack Yunits and Michael Frenette .


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