City of Hollister, Calif. Breaks Ground on its First Solar Energy Project Developed by ClearSpot Energy

HOLLISTER, Calif.--()--The City of Hollister and the Hollister School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony to launch a large-scale solar energy program for the Hollister Wastewater Treatment Plant and schools in the Hollister School District. The event will feature representatives from the city, school district, Economic Development Corporation, Chamber of Commerce along with representatives of the firms financing, developing, and constructing the project. These entities include Perpetual Energy Systems, LLC, ClearSpot Energy, Inc., Rosendin Electric Inc., and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Santa Clara and San Benito Counties.

In addition, Congressman Sam Farr, representing California’s 17th District, will send a representative to the groundbreaking event.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Wednesday, October 6, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Hollister Water Reclamation Facility, 2690 Old San Juan Road, Hollister.

“Our solar energy initiative will create jobs for local residents, reduce energy costs in our county and put Hollister on a path toward a stronger, healthier and more prosperous future,” said Victor Gomez, mayor of Hollister. “These alternative energy programs are good for the City of Hollister, good for the rate payers, good for the schoolchildren and good for our local economy.”

“We applaud all the stakeholders – from the local government to the business community and unions – for their forward-thinking vision in embracing this significant energy initiative for Hollister’s water treatment plant and schools,” said Gary Banta, managing director of ClearSpot, the company building the solar energy solution. “We expect Hollister and San Benito County will be widely admired and copied by other communities who recognize the tremendous advantages of adopting alternative energy sources such as solar for their public works projects.”

“Perpetual was pleased to support ClearSpot Energy's efforts in bringing the waste water treatment project to fruition, and we remain committed to providing comprehensive PPA financing solutions to institutions, corporations and municipalities such as Hollister,” said Michael Streams, SVP of business development for Perpetual Energy Systems.

Solar energy projects begin with water treatment, schools

The ten solar energy projects include the city’s wastewater treatment plant, six elementary schools, two middle schools and the offices of the Hollister School District. The water treatment plant project is funded by Perpetual Energy Systems, a renewable energy company specializing in the finance and development of solar powered energy systems. ClearSpot Energy, a solar project developer, working in partnership with Rosendin Electric will design, install, operate and maintain the solar energy systems for the City of Hollister – who will purchase the electricity produced by the solar systems.

This private-public cooperation will enable the City of Hollister to reduce its energy costs while also generating union construction jobs, which will be filled by San Benito County residents. ClearSpot and Rosendin are committed, as well to purchasing building supplies locally, whenever possible. As a result, the City of Hollister and San Benito County will see an increase in local jobs and sales tax revenues.

The City of Hollister’s new wastewater treatment plant will include a 1.16 MW photovoltaic system with over 5000 solar panels. Nine additional photovoltaic systems, totaling 1.45 MW (almost 6000 solar panels), will be built at the Hollister elementary and middle schools.

About Rosendin Electric

Rosendin Electric, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California, is a 100% employee owned electrical engineering, power and communications provider and is the largest privately held electrical contractor in the United States. With branch offices in San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Sacramento, CA; Tempe, AZ; Hillsboro, OR; Las Vegas, NV; and Arlington, VA, 2,000 employees have built upon a 90-year reputation for quality installations nationally. For additional information on Rosendin Electric, visit www.rosendin.com.

About Perpetual Energy Systems

Perpetual Energy Systems is an independent power producer of renewable energy projects, providing clean energy power to educational, industrial, commercial and municipal enterprises. By utilizing the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Perpetual is able to provide such host clients with on-site clean, renewable energy resources with no capital (zero) outlay required from host clients. Perpetual Energy Systems combines renewable energy tax incentives with conventional financing and sponsor equity to achieve the design, construction, installation, operations and maintenance of renewable energy systems. For more information, please contact Michael Streams at (818) 668-2834 or michael.streams@goperpetual.com or visit www.goperpetual.com.

About ClearSpot Energy

ClearSpot Energy, Inc. is a solar power energy services company that enables commercial, government and non-profit organizations to reduce their energy costs while lowering carbon emissions. Customers purchase electricity through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). ClearSpot Energy develops, engineers, finances and operates the solar energy systems that provide organizations a hedge against energy price volatility and access to clean energy without any of their own capital. For more information visit www.clearspotenergy.com.

Contacts

Martell Communications,
Public relations agency for ClearSpot Energy, Inc.
Colleen Martell, 408-374-7420
cmartell@martellpr.com
or
ClearSpot Energy Inc.
Gary Banta, 650-400-7964
Managing Director
gary@clearspotenergy.com
Claude Leglise, 650-434-5050
Managing Director
claude@clearspotenergy.com

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City of Hollister, Calif. Breaks Ground on its First Solar Energy Project Developed by ClearSpot Energy

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Contacts

Martell Communications,
Public relations agency for ClearSpot Energy, Inc.
Colleen Martell, 408-374-7420
cmartell@martellpr.com
or
ClearSpot Energy Inc.
Gary Banta, 650-400-7964
Managing Director
gary@clearspotenergy.com
Claude Leglise, 650-434-5050
Managing Director
claude@clearspotenergy.com