KIPP DC, Volt Energy, Sol Systems, and Washington Gas Energy Systems Announce Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Solar Energy System and Launch of STEM Awareness Program
Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic
Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy to Deliver
KIPP DC, Volt Energy, Sol Systems, and Washington Gas Energy Systems are
pleased to announce the grand opening of the new solar energy facility
located at KIPP DC's Douglass Campus in Washington, D.C. A private
ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on November 14, 2013 at 9:00
a.m. with Dot Harris from the Department of Energy serving as the
"Eighteen months ago, Volt Energy approached KIPP DC about developing a
solar project and offering sustainable energy learning opportunities for
our students," said Alex Shawe, Director of Real Estate and General
Counsel for KIPP DC. "We are thrilled to see this project come to
fruition and for our students to have some insight into various STEM
careers. KIPP DC is honored that Dot Harris and other special guests
will be on hand to celebrate the solar unveiling with us."
"The Department of Energy recently launched The Minorities In Energy
Initiative to expand engagement opportunities for minorities in the
energy sector. This project is a great example of several of the
initiative's goals, which include minority economic development, STEM
education, and climate change," stated Dot Harris, Director of the
Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy.
The 227 kW solar energy system consists of solar carports and rooftop
solar panels. Volt Energy was the developer of the project and selected
Green State Power to install the solar system. Sol Systems structured
the transaction and financed the project on behalf of its investor
client, Washington Gas Energy Systems, which will own and operate the
solar energy facility.
Volt Energy and Sol Systems are headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Washington Gas Energy Systems is based in McLean, Va.
"Investing in clean and renewable energy assets is a critical part of
our business strategy, and we are proud to have invested in more than 16
megawatts of energy solutions throughout Washington, D.C. and
surrounding areas," said Sanjiv Mahan, vice president of business
development at Washington Gas Energy Systems. "We commend KIPP DC for
taking significant steps to reduce greenhouse gases and educate students
about environmental sustainability, and thank Dot Harris and the
Department of Energy for their deep commitment to research and
development in solar energy."
"We are proud to work with local partners, Volt Energy and Washington
Gas Energy Systems, to bring innovative solar energy solutions to the
District," said George Ashton CFO of Sol Systems. "This partnership is
good for D.C., the environment, and for the students that KIPP DC
serves. Through this partnership, we have created electricity savings
for the four KIPP DC schools at the Douglass Campus and a unique
educational opportunity for students."
Volt Energy will work closely with KIPP DC staff to deliver innovative
sustainable energy learning opportunities. Plans will include engaging
students through interactive workshops highlighting the traditional and
renewable sources of energy and discussing career opportunities in STEM
"Volt Energy is fully committed to delivering solar energy solutions to
education institutions and is equally as passionate about providing
tangible STEM opportunities to children. KIPP DC does a phenomenal job
of preparing its students for college and future careers in all
industries and we are excited to talk with their students about career
opportunities in STEM areas," said Gilbert Campbell III, co-owner of
Volt Energy. "We look forward to our continued partnership to provide
alternative energy solutions as well as exciting learning opportunities
About KIPP DC
KIPP DC is a network of high-performing, college-preparatory public
charter schools in Washington, D.C. All KIPP DC schools are
tuition-free, open enrollment schools, and actively recruit and serve
students in the city's most under-resourced communities. At KIPP DC,
there are no shortcuts. Outstanding educators and staff, more time in
school, a rigorous college preparatory-curriculum, and a strong culture
of achievement and support help our students make significant academic
gains and continue to excel in high school and college. The KIPP DC
network currently serves 3,600 students at twelve schools on four
campuses in the District of Columbia, and will eventually serve over
5,000 students at thirteen schools by 2017. For more information, visit www.kippdc.org.
About Volt Energy
Energy is one of the largest minority owned solar energy development
firms that builds, operates, and maintains state-of-the-art renewable
energy systems for commercial, government, and educational institutions.
Volt Energy has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine for
outstanding achievement as a small business and was nominated for Black
Enterprise's 2011 Small Business of The Year award. Volt Energy's
notable clients include: Fort Bragg, Wake Forest University, North
Carolina A&T University, and Winston-Salem State University. Fore more
information, visit www.volt-energy.com.
About Sol Systems
Sol Systems is a boutique financial services firm that offers investor
clients direct access to the renewable energy asset class and provides
developers with sophisticated project financing solutions. Founded in
2008, Sol Systems focuses on meeting the most critical needs of the
industry, including SREC monetization, capital placement, tax equity,
and New Market Tax Credits. To date, the company has arranged financing
for thousands of projects and facilitated hundreds of millions in
investment on behalf of Fortune 100 companies, private equity, family
offices and individuals. For more information please visit www.solsystemscompany.com.
About Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.
Gas Energy Systems, Inc., an affiliate of Washington Gas Light
Company and a subsidiary of WGL Holdings (NYSE: WGL),
design-builds and owns custom energy solutions that deliver financial,
operational and carbon reduction results for non-residential customers
across the United States. Washington Gas Energy Systems is focused on
federal energy efficiency projects and commercial distributed generation
assets including solar. Washington Gas Energy Systems currently holds
over 55 MW of commercial-scale solar projects throughout the U.S. in 11
different states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware,
the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New
Jersey, and New Mexico. For more information on how Washington Gas
Energy Systems can make solar power a reality for you, contact Nate
Greenberg, 703-333-3929, or email email@example.com.
For further information about Washington Gas Energy Systems, please
About Green State Power
Green State Power is a full service solar integrator based out of
Greensboro, NC servicing the east coast. GSP offers turnkey solar
services including site analysis, system design, installation, rebate
assistance, system monitoring and long term operations and maintenance.
Green State Power provides high quality systems with long term
performance and client satisfaction as its primary goals.
Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.
703-739-2424 x 111
Angela Rye, 202-379-2991
Source: Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc.
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