HERO Signs Historic Interconnect Agreement with Progress Energy Florida for
70MW Solar Farm.
JASPER, Fla., Jan. 29, 2013
JASPER, Fla., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --"HERO" Solar (Hamilton Energy
Resource Opportunities LLC) announced today it has completed the
interconnection study process and has signed and entered into an interconnect
agreement with Progress EnergyFlorida for a 70MW solar farm
HERO's Managing Director of Development, Jack Levine, said "We are grateful to
Progress Energy and their Interconnect Team who has helped us every step of
the way through Feasibility, System Impact and Facility Studies to insure FERC
guidelines and utility requirements were met. We are delighted to have
accomplished this impressive milestone and are excited about starting our
construction build out. We look forward to continuing working with our
partners at Progress Energy and commend their efforts to develop alternative
fuel sources and provide economic development within their service areas."
Commenting on the status of Florida's solar economy and the start of
construction, Levine added, "Right now there are regulatory barriers that do
not allow us to recognize the added value of alternative energy and therefore
have impeded the ability for the project to be adequately funded. As such, we
are now beginning to look for and aggressively examine strategic alternatives
that will allow us to get the project built. This project is ideal for the
right tax equity partner or a company looking to expandtheir strategic
footprint in the United States."
Hamilton County Economic Development AuthorityExecutive Director, Susan
Ramsey, who has worked with HERO since the project was conceived in 2009 said
"On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Hamilton County Development
Authority, we are excited that HERO continues to move forward with this
pioneering solar energy project here in Hamilton County. The Board has set
aside an economic development grant to HERO in the amount of $350,000.00. This
project will have a substantial, positive economic impact in Hamilton County
through not only the permanent jobs created, but the high volume of
construction jobs and indirect jobs generated over the 2 year build-out period
as well. HERO is a tremendous growth opportunity for the county's economy and
accomplishes our goal of supporting green energy. We are impressed with the
progress made to date and continue to support HERO's efforts and devotion to
get this project built."
Levine noted, "We are proud to work with industry leader Schneider Electric
and their fine engineering and design team, who has assisted us through the
application process and provided final design plans for the solar field and
substation. We also have benefitted tremendously from the expertise and
experience of Dr. Thomas Damberger who has been a vital part of the HERO team
in his project management capacity."
Levine further commented, "HERO believes in Florida and its future as a leader
in green energy development and production. We appreciate the attention the
Florida legislature has placed on these important issues. We have met with and
will continue to share ideas and explore solutions with Governor Scottand his
staff, Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnum and his Staff, as well as
legislators, lobbyists and other concerned parties in an effort to forge ahead
with a renewable energy program that will allow important projects like ours
to be built and enable Florida to become a leader in renewable energy."
ABOUT HERO: HERO (Hamilton Energy Resource Opportunities LLC) is a Florida
based LLC, established in 2009 to build, manage and invest in renewable energy
Contact: Jack Levine, Managing Director 954-732-9122
E mail: Parklandjack1@aol.com
SOURCE Hamilton Energy Resource Opportunities LLC (HERO Solar)
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