White Sands Missile Range Home to U.S. Army’s Largest Solar Power System

  White Sands Missile Range Home to U.S. Army’s Largest Solar Power System

           Solar Energy to Provide 10% of Installation Power Needs

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WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. -- January 16, 2013

Today the U.S. Army dedicated the U.S. Army’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV)
system at White Sands Missile Range. The ceremony was led by Brigadier General
Gwen Bingham, who was joined by the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant
Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

Developed in coordination with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center,
Huntsville (Huntsville Center), Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. and
Bostonia, the four megawatt White Sands Missile Range solar energy system will
generate approximately 10 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity
annually, and provide an estimated annual savings of $930,000. Complemented by
a 375 kW solar carport, the solar array deployed at White Sands will supply
approximately 10 percent of the total power used at the installation and
reduce carbon emissions by 7,400 tons per year. Featuring Solaria's
proprietary technology, the 4.1 MW ground-mounted tracking system is also the
world's largest low concentration photovoltaic solar power plant.

“This is an exciting project for the U.S. Army,” said Garrison Commander
Colonel Leo Pullar. “A sunny location like New Mexico provides an ideal site
for solar power. This project illustrates the U.S. Army’s commitment to going
green, our focus on operating on net zero energy, and doing what we can to
help protect the environment.”

“We are very pleased to be inaugurating this milestone photovoltaic
installation,” said Will Irby, Huntsville Center program manager. “We’re
extremely grateful to the entire team, comprised of the staff from White Sands
Missile Range, Huntsville Center, Siemens, their subcontractor Solaria
Corporation and Bostonia, working under the leadership of Brigadier General
Gwen Bingham and Colonel Leo Pullar. Everyone has done an outstanding job to
bring this project to fruition.”

“Siemens is committed to helping the Department of Defense achieve
unprecedented levels of energy efficiency, security and independence,” said
Judy Marks, president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
“Through this Energy Savings Performance Contract, the value of sustainability
is measured not just in terms of financial benefits, but benefits to
maintaining mission readiness, and the preservation of options for the Army's
future.”

“The Department of Defense is deploying renewable energy and reducing its
reliance on fossil fuel resources. This solar energy system demonstrates that
the U.S. government’s goals for enhancing security through energy independence
can be met both economically and practically when the public and private
sectors work together,” noted Dan Shugar, CEO of Solaria Corporation, a
subcontractor to Siemens.

Construction of the solar power plant began in April 2012 and was completed in
December 2012. The ground-mounted single-axis Solaria tracking system follows
the sun across the sky, increasing energy yield by up to 30 percent over fixed
systems. All energy generated from the project will be consumed by onsite
operations.

The $16.8 million solar PV system was the primary component of an Energy
Savings Performance Contract implemented by the Building Technologies Division
of Siemens Industry, Inc. Under the contract task order, Siemens will maintain
and operate the equipment and will sell the energy it generates to White Sands
Missile Range at the same rate they are currently paying the local utility
company. The Army will own the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and use them
toward meeting federal renewable energy mandates. This project supports
President Barack Obama’s directive that federal agencies use Energy Savings
Performance Contracts to make $2 billion worth of energy efficiency upgrades
over the next year, as well as supporting the Army’s renewable energy goals.

About White Sands Missile Range

White Sands Missile Range provides Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of
Defense, and other customers with high quality services for experimentation,
test, research, assessment, development, and training in support of the Nation
at war. White Sands Missile Range offers a world class Range Control facility,
state of the art launch complexes, extensive environmental test facilities,
personnel experienced in all aspects of testing and comprehensive data
collection and processing capabilities. For more information, please visit
http://www.wsmr.army.mil.

About U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated Civilians
and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90
countries worldwide. With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle,
our disciplined Corps team is working diligently to strengthen our nation’s
security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing
military facilities where our service members train, work and live. We are
also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while
protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to
promote stability and improve quality of life. For more information, please
visit http://www.usace.army.mil.

About Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. is a Federally-compliant U.S.
organization structured to provide answers for some of the nation’s most
challenging issues within the Federal market in infrastructure, energy,
industry and healthcare. The company is the leading integrator for Siemens’
innovative products, technologies and services to meet the needs of Federal
customers. For more information on Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
please visit http://www.siemensgovt.com/.

About Siemens Industry, Inc. Building Technologies Division

Siemens Industry, Inc. Building Technologies Division is the world’s market
leader for safe and energy efficient buildings (“green buildings”) and
infrastructures. As a service provider, system integrator and product vendor,
Building Technologies has offerings for building automation, heating,
ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire protection and security. For
more information, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies.

About Solaria Corporation

Solaria Corporation is a solar technology company that designs, manufactures
and integrates solarmodules, trackers and expert design services for large
and utility scale installations. Solaria low concentration PV modules use
patented low-cost technology to provide reliable performance while matching
form and fit of conventional PV modules. Solaria tracking systems optimize
system performance and deliver high energy yield. Solaria headquarters are in
California with operations in Germany and India. For more information, please
visitwww.solaria.com.

Contact:

White Sands Missile Range
Lisa Blevins, 575-678-1134
ednamaya.e.blevins.civ@mail.mil
or
Siemens USA
Meredyth Jensen, 703-480-8916
meredyth.jensen@siemensgovt.com
or
Solaria Corporation
Susan DeVico, 510-339-1527
sdevico@solaria.com
 
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