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Honeywell Installs First of Two Solar Arrays for City of Wilmington.

ENERGY RESOURCE-18 February 2010-Honeywell Installs First of Two Solar Arrays for City of Wilmington(C)2010 JeraOne -

Honeywell has installed the first of two solar photovoltaic arrays for the city of Wilmington, Del.

Backed by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), the solar installations will consist of almost 3,400 panels and are part of a broader $14.5-million energy retrofit and renewable energy program that will decrease utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions tied to city-owned facilities and infrastructure.

The program will help the city meet the environmental commitments it adopted as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. It is also expected to create or sustain more than 80 jobs; this includes work for several local contractors Honeywell hired to help complete the upgrades.

The city will pay for the entire program from the energy savings the upgrades produce. Honeywell guarantees approximately $1.14 million in savings per year under a 20-year performance contract so the work will not increase city operating budgets or require additional taxpayer dollars. In addition, the improvements are expected to generate $16 million in savings above the guaranteed amount over the course of the contract.

Wilmington will use more than $9.5 million from a low-interest ARRA stimulus loan through the Delaware Division of Public Health's Office of Drinking Water and an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Department of Energy to help finance the program at the outset.

"This program enables our city to move forward more rapidly with our environmental commitments, improve critical infrastructure and create jobs with no impact on our budget," said Wilmington Mayor James Baker. "Working with Honeywell, we were able to extend our stimulus funds and develop a comprehensive program that will reduce utility bills and carbon emissions, and benefit residents for years to come."

The first solar array, one of several additions to the city's Porter Reservoir Filtration Plant, is expected to generate 650,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually and cover nearly 25 percent of the load at the plant. Honeywell will construct a second, roof-mounted array at the Public Works Yard and Municipal Complex, which will add 300,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. This array will be financed by a Clean Renewable Energy Bond from the Department of Treasury.

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