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Mountain Home Energy Center Dedication.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., July 10 /PRNewswire/ --

Dedication of the recently-completed, award-winning Mountain Home Energy Center on Memorial Drive beside the Mountain Home Post Office will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 12.

The state-of-the-art energy center is the first privately financed and operated energy development ever undertaken for the federal government using this type of public/private development authority and financing. The center is designed to save the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) $11.5 million in recurring costs and more than $17.5 million in life-cycle costs -- with no capital budgeting requirements for VA.

The center will serve the energy needs of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center at Mountain Home and the East Tennessee State University's James H. Quillen College of Medicine. The facility is on two acres of VA medical center property leased through the VA's unique Enhanced-Use authority enacted in 1991.

The center was designed, built and financed -- and will be operated and maintained -- by Energy Systems Group, a firm that specializes in the use of energy-saving technology.

Leo S. Mackay Jr., deputy secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony. Other speakers are to include:

-- Dr. Carl J. Gerber, director of the James H. Quillen Medical Center.

-- Jim Adams, president, Energy Systems Group.

-- Tim S. McClain, general counsel, Department of Veteran Affairs.

-- Linda Mesaros, office director, FEMP, Department of Energy.

-- Carl Chapman, chairman, Energy Systems Group.

Guided tours of the Mountain Home Energy Center will follow the ceremony.

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