State Department Goes For Clean Energy

The U.S. Department of State and Constellation Energy have signed an agreement that will deliver renewable energy to the federal government under a 20-year contract. Being called the Energy Savings Agreement (ESA), the program is part of President Obama’s executive order to reduce federal-wide greenhouse gas emissions 28% by 2020.

The agreement, which will provided a predicted 120,000 megawatt-hours of energy each year to the government, will spur development of solar and wind energy projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is expected to reduce electricity consumption for participating facilities up to 35% by the end of 2012.

image via U.S. Department of Energy

Constellation Energy is one of seven National Super Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) suppliers chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve energy efficiency of federal buildings. The company was awarded the ESA deal in response to the State Department’s request for clean energy solutions last fall.

Under the ESA, Constellation is planning to build a $50 million, 40-acre solar project in New Jersey in 2012, with the help of UNICOR, an organization that trains federal inmates. The energy firm is also planning to purchase wind power from a proposed facility that will be developed in Pennsylvania. The two renewable energy projects are expected to create over 250 construction jobs, and up to six permanent positions.

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