WGL and Bloom Energy Partner to Power Santa Clara County with 2.6 MW of Clean Energy
MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), through its subsidiary, Washington Gas
Energy Systems (WGESystems),
announced a 2.6 megawatt (MW) Bloom Energy project in Santa Clara
County, Ca. (SCC). WGESystems will finance, build, own and operate the
2.6 MW Bloom Energy project and sell all energy generated to SCC under a
20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The Bloom Energy Servers will
generate clean and reliable power using natural gas and biogas, reducing
the County's carbon emissions by nearly 5 million pounds each year.
"WGL is committed to providing clean and efficient energy answers while
remaining a responsible steward of our resources," said WGL Chairman and
CEO, Terry D. McCallister. "We are proud to partner with Bloom Energy,
and to service Santa Clara County, as we continue to invest in clean
energy solutions as part of our expanding diversified energy portfolio."
Bloom Energy's solid oxide fuel cell technology generates electricity
through a highly efficient electrochemical process and provides clean,
on-site energy. WGESystems designs-builds, owns and operates energy
solutions that deliver financial, operational and carbon reduction
results for non-residential customers across the United States. For
projects such as this one, WGESystems has established a financing
program that enables customers, including non-profit organizations, to
deploy Bloom Energy's distributed, clean power solution.
"Santa Clara County has been a strong proponent of clean energy, and we
are looking forward to having another project right here in our
backyard," said KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and CEO of Bloom
Energy. "Energy industry partners that are willing to invest in
technology projects are key to the development of a clean energy
economy, and our partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems
continues to strengthen our ability to provide attractive projects for
our growing customer base."
"The County of Santa Clara was one the primary leaders in creating the
20-year power purchase agreement with other local jurisdictions," said
Supervisor Dave Cortese, Chair of the Board's Housing Land Use
Environment and Transportation Committee. "The agreement demonstrates
that there is a market for clean energy solutions and it supports the
County's goal of reducing its carbon footprint."
Alternative Energy Development Group (AEDG) served as the developer for
the Bloom Energy project at four SCC facilities.
About WGL Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL [NYSE: WGL] is a leading source
for clean and efficient energy solutions. Through our affiliates and
strategic relationships, the Company offers a diverse set of energy
sources including natural gas, wind, and solar as well as a range of
energy solutions - generation, storage, transportation, distribution,
supply, and efficiency - which serve customers in more than 25 states.
WGL has five main operating units: Washington Gas Light Company, a
regulated natural gas utility serving approximately 1.1 million
customers in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area; Washington Gas
Energy Services, Inc., one of the largest natural gas, electricity and
green energy suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic; Washington Gas Energy
Systems, Inc., a distributed generation and energy efficiency business,
offering solar, fuel cell, combined heat and power, and other
technologies across the United States; WGL Midstream, a wholesale energy
solutions business, investing in and optimizing natural gas pipelines
and storage facilities in the Midwest and Eastern United States; and
Hampshire Gas, a natural gas storage business which owns and operates
facilities in and around Hampshire County, West Virginia. As product and
service innovation are critical for value creation and sustaining
growth, we are continuously increasing our assets and investments in
targeted clean energy sectors. This strategy supports WGL's core
business, as well as provides opportunity for growth through
partnerships and investments. WGL's diversity is its strength. We are
dedicated to the sustainability of our business, the customers and
communities we serve, and the environment. To learn more, visit www.wglholdings.com.
About Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy is a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell
technology generating clean, highly-efficient on-site power from
multiple fuel sources. The company was founded in 2001 with a mission to
make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. Bloom
Energy Servers are currently producing power for several Fortune 500
companies including Google, Walmart, AT&T, eBay, Staples, The Coca-Cola
Company, as well as notable non-profit organizations such as Caltech and
Kaiser Permanente. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. For
more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.
About County of Santa Clara, California
The County of Santa Clara is a leader in promoting and implementing
green energy and energy efficiency projects. The recent deployment of
5.8 megawatts of solar PV systems raises the County's total solar PV
generating capacity to 6.5 megawatts. The County currently has underway
a $3 million LED lighting and lighting controls project, which is
expected to reduce its electricity energy usage by approximately 2
million kilowatt hours. The County also recently solicited partnerships
to develop large renewable energy generating facilities at various sites
it owns and operate. These projects are a few of the County of Santa
Clara's initiatives to promote sustainability and preserve the
Ruben Rodriguez, 202-624-6620
Source: WGL Holdings, Inc.
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