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PsomasFMG installs solar power systems at five locations

Flip-the-switch ceremony begins the “green” initiative to save $4 to 6 million

by Jacy DanquePublished: July 03, 2012 09:30 AM

PsomasFMG, a Huntington Beach-based company recognized by the state’s Environmental Protection Agency, has officially launched its public-private partnership with Orange County to mount solar power systems at five county sites.

PsomasFMG is supervising the installation of the 3.3 megawatt project, consisting of 13,480 PV panels on steel-frame canopies, also providing shaded parking for more than 600 vehicles and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The county sites include the James A. Musick Facility, the County Operations Center, the Social Services Agency & Sheriff’s Communication facilities on Eckhoff St., the Katella Peace Officer Training Facility and the Collins Yard.

 “Nearly every public agency in California is challenged in multiple ways to help clean up the environment and achieve savings on our costs of operation,” said Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell. “To do both at the same time requires thinking outside the box and a public-private partnership focused on the County’s multiple missions. In our case PsomasFMG has provided the partnership which will serve the County of Orange well into the future with a model that can be built upon for the benefit of our posterity.”

The solar installations will produce about 60 to 80 percent of each site’s electrical needs, with Southern California Edison, the region’s primary power service provider, supplying the balance. This initiative estimates a $4 to 6 million reduction in electricity expense over a 20-year term of the Power Purchase Agreement.

“Developing solar energy projects for a government agency such as ours can be difficult and complicated process, but PsomasFMG has assisted us every step of the way,” said Thomas G. Mauk, Executive Officer for the County of Orange. “We are confident that PsomasFMG’s expertise, track record and integrity will lead to a successful project, making our county greener and bringing taxpayers significant savings on our energy costs.”

“For PsomasFMG, the County of Orange Pilot Project has been a labor of love,” said Louis Kwiker, Chairman and CEO of PsomasFMG. “At every turn we have focused on delivering the best possible project, delivering energy to the County at the best possible price. Together with our County partners we have removed all obstacles to success and today we celebrate not only a successful project but a successful partnership.”

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