Washington Gas Energy Systems Awarded Contract to Build, Own and Operate Solar Project for Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California

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Washington Gas Energy Systems Awarded Contract to Build, Own and Operate Solar Project for Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California


POMONA, Calif. & MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., today announced it has signed a contract with Western University of Health Sciences to build, own and operate a 672-kilowatt solar array that will provide renewable energy for the university in Pomona, Calif. The installation will consist of a roof-mounted system composed of 2,688 solar panels affixed to three buildings throughout the campus, and a carport system with solar panels located at one of the parking areas on campus.


The facility will be owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Systems under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Green Energy Group, LLC, developed the project, which will be completed in October 2013. Conergy engineered the project and will manage procurement and construction.

"WesternU welcomes this opportunity to help the environment, reduce the impact of our operations, and lower our electrical costs," said Thomas G. Fox , PhD, senior vice president at Western University of Health Sciences. "Solar panels offer a simple solution, one that makes a strong statement about the importance of a greener planet for a healthier life."

The installation is expected to produce 1,110 megawatt hours of solar energy per year, contributing significantly to WesternU's electricity needs. Upon completion, the solar array will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to recycling more than 293 tons of waste, instead of sending it to a landfill, or taking approximately 163 passenger cars off the road for one year.

"WesternU not only promotes health by educating graduate students in the medical field, it is now improving air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through solar electricity," said Sanjiv Mahan , vice president of business development for Washington Gas Energy Systems. "This collaboration with the university, Green Energy Group, and Conergy is sure to serve as an example for other institutes of higher education with goals to reduce their environmental footprints."

"WesternU is joining many other universities that are making the effort to reduce their impact through green energy," said William DePhillipo , member of Green Energy Group. "Our team is committed to developing a high-quality system that furthers our shared mission to drive investment in clean energy."

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. Washington Gas Energy Systems currently holds over 54 MW of commercial-scale solar projects throughout the U.S. in 10 different states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Mexico. 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.

About Western University:

Western University of Health Sciences (www.westernu.edu), located in Pomona, Calif. and Lebanon, Ore., is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in biomedical sciences, dental medicine, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine. The Chronicle of Higher Education named WesternU a Great College to Work For in 2012 and 2013.

About Green Energy Group:

Green Energy Group (GEG) is a renewable energy company that develops solar energy facilities. We specialize in the development of medium to large-scale photovoltaic solar systems across North America. GEG develops solar energy facilities for its clients on their properties either on the ground or rooftop while passing on a savings. For more information on how to develop your solar facility please contact William DePhillipo at 610-453-4622 or email wdephillipo@gmail.com.

About Conergy:

Conergy supplies complete solar energy solutions from a single source. As a leading PV Solution and Service Provider, Conergy offers its customers tailor made, worry-free, high-performance packages – be it for private or commercial roofs or for multi-megawatt installations. Along with supplying the "hardware" – all the necessary components for a solar plant – Conergy's complete solutions also include a full range of related solar services from architectural planning to yield insurance providing total piece of mind.

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