City of Gonzales and Chevron Energy Solutions "Flip the Switch"

       City of Gonzales and Chevron Energy Solutions "Flip the Switch"

Public and Private Sectors Work Together to Generate $4.7 Million in Energy
Savings

PR Newswire

GONZALES, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012

GONZALES, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Today, the City of Gonzales
joined with Chevron Energy Solutions to ceremonially "flip the switch" on a
transformative public-private program that is expected to support the city's
carbon reduction, climate action, and resource conservation goals, and
significantly reduce the city's energy and maintenance costs.

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The program consists of public infrastructure improvements, including upgrades
to all city-owned streetlights, construction of two solar installations
expected to produce 462kW of power, and upgrades to the city's water pumping
stations to help conserve water and electricity and enable the city to pump
water at times when energy costs are lower. The program is expected to
significantly reduce the city's carbon footprint and create a model that can
be replicated by other communities.

"We initially set out to create a partnership that would not only advance our
Gonzales Grows Green (G3) initiative, but do so in a way that would maximize
savings to the City's general fund and save taxpayers money," said René
Mendez, City Manager of Gonzales. "I am proud to report that over the lifetime
of the project, we expect to generate $4.7 million in savings, allowing the
City to maintain and enhance services to its more than 8,000 residents."

This project demonstrates the value of the right alignment of partners.

  oChevron Energy Solutions, a leader in providing public agencies energy
    cost savings and sustainability programs, developed, designed and
    constructed the project. "We are proud to help cities balance their
    budgets by reducing energy and operating costs," said Chevron Energy
    Solutions President Jim Davis. "The innovative partnership created in
    Gonzales is a model for public agencies throughout Monterey County, and
    the rest of California, who are looking for opportunities to grow their
    local economies and save taxpayers money."
  oA Gonzales winery owned by Constellation Brands, Inc., serves as one of
    two solar installation sites, enabling the city to substantially meet the
    electricity needs of its adjacent water pumping station. The second solar
    installation is located at the city's own wastewater treatment facility.
    "Constellation Brands is delighted to work with the city on this model
    public-private partnership," said Erik Martella, Constellation's Vice
    President of Central Coast Operations.
  oRabobank, N.A., arranged financing for the solar project by a municipal
    lease booked through its affiliate De Lage Landen Financial Services. The
    lease includes construction financing for the project and a customized
    payment structure that matches the public incentives for solar and the
    avoided utility energy costs associated with the solar energy system,
    which should allow the project to pay for itself. "This project
    underscores Rabobank's commitment to community banking, renewable energy,
    and water – all in the service of a valued client," said Greg Aguilar,
    Vice President of Renewable Energy Finance & Leasing at Rabobank, N.A. As
    the only bank located in Gonzales, Rabobank's partnership paves the way
    for future collaboration with local partners.

Today's ceremony was attended by local dignitaries including City of Gonzales
Mayor Pro-Tem Scott Funk, California State Assemblyman Luis Alejo, and members
of the City of Gonzales' City Council.

About the City of Gonzales: In 2008, the City of Gonzales launched a long-term
sustainability initiative, Gonzales Grows Green (G3). G3 programs seek to
improve the entire community in the areas of economy, environment, and social
equity through the promotion of local social networks, advancement of
environmentally sound best practices, and development of business-to-business
and public-private partnerships. The initiative guides the City to seek out
opportunities that sustain existing revenue streams and develop new streams
which support and maintain a high-quality public infrastructure that respects
and preserves natural resources, maintains a thriving economy, and supports a
healthy and connected residential community. For more information:
www.ci.gonzales.ca.us

About Chevron Energy Solutions: Chevron Energy Solutionsis one of the largest
installers of solar power in the U.S. education market and has developed
hundreds of projects that improveenergy efficiencyand provide renewable
power for education, government and business facilities.Chevron Energy
Solutionsdevelops and builds sustainableenergyprojects that increaseenergy
efficiency and renewable power, reduceenergy costs,and ensure reliable,
high-qualityenergy for government, education and business facilities. Its
parent,Chevron Corporation,is investing across theenergyspectrum to
developenergy sourcesfor future generations by expanding the capabilities of
alternative and renewable energy technologies. For more information:
www.chevronenergy.com

Contacts: City Manager René Mendez, City of Gonzales, 831-675-5000; Brent
Andrew, Chevron Energy Solutions, 415-733-4697

SOURCE Chevron Energy Solutions

Website: http://www.chevronenergy.com
 
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