Owens Corning, NYSERDA And Constellation Power Up Largest Solar Installation
Under NY-Sun Initiative
FEURA BUSH, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2013
FEURA BUSH, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), the
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and
Constellation today celebrated the completion of a 2.7-megawatt (DC) solar
generation project at Owens Corning's thermal and acoustical insulation plant.
The solar installation, which is the largest project to date under Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative, is designed to supply approximately 6
percent of the plant's annual electricity needs. Constellation financed,
built, owns and maintains the solar power system. Electricity generated by the
system is purchased by Owens Corning under a 20-year power purchase agreement
Frank O'Brien-Bernini, vice president and chief sustainability officer for
Owens Corning, said, "Owens Corning is committed to helping solve the world's
most pressing energy and climate challenges, and we are constantly seeking
solutions that will materially contribute. This solar project represents our
continuing efforts to implement programs that advance our 2020 Environmental
Footprint Goals, and we are proud to be part of a project that helps protect
New York State's environment."
John B. Rhodes, president and CEO for NYSERDA, said, "Nearly two years after
Governor Cuomo first announced the NY-Sun initiative, the Owens Corning
large-scale solar project is a great example of how public-private
partnerships are changing the landscape of New York's clean-energy economy. We
applaud Owens Corning and Constellation on this NY-Sun milestone achievement.
This project is a testament not only to the state's investment in expanding
its renewable energy portfolio, but also to its commitment in providing
cleaner, more affordable energy for New Yorkers."
New York State Senator Neil D. Breslin said, "Clean, renewable energy is good
for the environment and good for New York businesses. I congratulate Owens
Corning, NYSERDA and Constellation on the completion of this project. Through
the NY-Sun initiative we will continue to create clean energy jobs and a more
sustainable future for our state."
Gary Fromer, senior vice president, energy management programs for
Constellation, said, "Solar as a power-generation source is an attractive
option for large-scale manufacturers like Owens Corning to achieve
environmental goals and manage electricity costs. We applaud Owens Corning for
being at the forefront of solar development in New York and Governor Cuomo's
NY-Sun Competitive Photovoltaic Program for creating the public-private
initiatives that help make projects like this possible."
National Grid, the utility serving the Feura Bush plant, previously awarded
Owens Corning nearly $1 million in energy efficiency grants to help reduce its
energy usage and carbon footprint.
"National Grid is committed to supporting our customers' renewable energy
goals," said Ken Daly, National Grid president, New York. "The Owens Corning
project required a high level of collaboration between National Grid and
Constellation. National Grid is delighted to provide highly reliable electric
service to Owens Corning, and we congratulate them for their environmental
The solar power system is composed of approximately 9,000 ground-mounted,
photovoltaic panels located on more than nine acres. The system is expected to
generate approximately 3.3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year
(based on first year production). Generating the same amount of electricity
using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of approximately 2,339
metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from 487 passenger
vehicles annually, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for
Constellation owns and operates more than 147 megawatts of solar installations
that have been completed or are under construction for commercial and
government customers throughout the United States. By structuring its solar
projects as power purchase agreements or solar services agreements,
Constellation offers solar installations that may require no upfront capital
from customers and may provide fixed power costs that are less than projected
Constellation commercial customers, universities, school systems, hospitals
and government agencies interested in on-site solar installations of 1
megawatt or larger may contact Constellation at
email@example.com or 1-877-427-2005.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and
commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered
materials for composite systems. A Fortune® 500 Company for 59 consecutive
years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering
solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Celebrating its 75th
anniversary in 2013, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of
glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.2 billion in 2012 and approximately
15,000 employees in 27 countries on five continents. Additional information
is available at www.owenscorning.com.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and
analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New
Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and
reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect
our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing
partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
For more information, visit http://nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter,
Facebook, YouTube, Instagram.
The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers
(www.constellation.com), are subsidiaries of Exelon Corp., and are leading
competitive retail suppliers of power, natural gas and energy products and
services for homes and businesses across the continentalUnited
States.Constellation's retail businesses serve more than 100,000 business and
public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100,
and nearly one million residential customers.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation's leading competitive energy
provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Headquartered in
Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the
District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S.
power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity
comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost power generation
fleets. The company's Constellation business unit provides energy products and
services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and
approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon's utilities deliver
electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central
Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania
SOURCE Owens Corning
Contact: Kelly Biemer, Constellation, 410-470-9700,
Kelly.Biemer@constellation.com; Kelly Donaghy, Owens Corning, 419-248-8440,
Kelly.Donaghy@owenscorning.com; Alan Wechsler, NYSERDA, 518-862-1090 ext.
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