Solar project completed at Owens Corning plant in N.Y.

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Constellation on Oct. 15 celebrated the completion of a 2.7-MW (DC) solar project at Owens Corning’s thermal and acoustical insulation plant.

This is the largest project to date under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative and is designed to supply approximately 6% of the host plant’s annual electricity needs. Constellation financed, built, owns and maintains the solar system. Electricity is purchased by Owens Corning under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Constellation.

Frank O’Brien-Bernini, vice president and chief sustainability officer for Owens Corning, said: “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 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.”

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.”

National Grid, the utility serving the Feura Bush plant, previously awarded Owens Corning nearly $1m 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.”

The solar power system is composed of about 9,000 ground-mounted, photovoltaic panels located on over nine acres. The system is expected to generate around 3.3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year (based on first year production).

Constellation owns and operates more than 147 MW of solar installations that have been completed or are under construction for commercial and government customers throughout the U.S. By structuring its solar projects as power purchase agreements or solar services agreements, Constellation offers installations that may require no upfront capital from customers and may provide fixed power costs that are less than projected market rates.

Owens Corning is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems.

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 reliance on fossil fuels.

The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas supply companies are subsidiaries of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC). Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

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