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New Jersey American Water, Lawrenceville, N.J., will soon install the state's largest ground-mounted solar electric system at its Canal Road Water Treatment Plant in Somerset, N.J., as part of the company's energy savings' initiatives.

The 500-kilowatt ground-mounted system will be designed and built by Dome- Tech Solar, a premier solar energy firm serving industrial and institutional clients in the northeast, and will include more than 2,800 solar panels from RWE SCHOTT Solar. New Jersey American Water expects it will be able to supplement 15% of the peak usage power needed to run the plant with solar energy and save approximately $125,000 a year in reduced energy costs. During peak production periods, the electricity produced by the solar system would be enough to meet the average electricity demand of more than 500 NJ homes.

"What we've invested over the last several years in making our facility more energy efficient, and what we are investing now in this solar system, will continue to reduce our energy consumption. These investments will result in reduced energy expenses," said Scott Connor, Project Delivery Manager for the New Jersey American Water.

The State of New Jersey encourages the use of green energy through its Clean Energy rebate program.

"As part of our overall campaign to reduce energy expenses, now and over time, we are working to keep our costs down, which may enable us to pass those savings on to our customers. In fact, with the rebate from the New Jersey Energy Program, the solar system alone will pay for itself in about 7 years, possibly creating larger savings as the system continues to produce energy for many more years," said Walter Lynch, president of New Jersey American Water.

The target date for completion of the installation is early Spring 2005. This pilot program could lead to the use of solar energy at other American Water plants.

"Dome-Tech's engineering and energy consulting services have been an integral part of our energy savings initiatives over the years. Their solid reputation for quality, technical excellence and customer service ensures the success of the New Jersey American Water solar project," Connor said.

"This project is indicative of how New Jersey's well-designed renewable energy incentive program is being put to good use. New Jersey American Water customers, who support the NJCEP incentive through their electric bills, should be pleased to know that New Jersey American Water is taking great strides to reduce its energy costs," said Marc Roper, vice president of sales for RWE SCHOTT Solar. "We applaud both New Jersey American Water for its forward-thinking approach to saving energy, and Dome-Tech, for its innovative approach that uses photovoltaics as the logical next step in designing an energy-saving program for its customers."

About Dome-Tech Solar, Inc.

Dome-Tech Solar is a professional renewable energy company specializing in analysis, design, engineering, development, financing and implementation of solar photovoltaic systems. Dome-Tech Solar offers strength in technical designs as well as expertise in regulatory rebate, project financing and Renewable Energy Credit programs. Driven by competitive financial returns and superior environmental stewardship, Dome-Tech Solar develops and builds renewable energy generation systems for commercial, institutional and industrial clients.

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About RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc.

RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc. is North America's leading manufacturer and distributor of solar power components and systems, serving customers throughout the Americas from sales offices in California, Massachusetts and the State of Washington. The company's U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Billerica, Massachusetts produces the largest solar power module available worldwide, the ASE 300(TM). A pioneer in the design and development of complete solar power solutions, RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc. serves a highly diverse market including grid-connected residential and commercial systems, and grid-independent industrial, governmental and utility applications.

RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc. is a subsidiary of RWE SCHOTT Solar GmbH located in Alzenau, Germany. RWE SCHOTT Solar GmbH is a joint venture of RWE Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the RWE Group, a global international multi- utility concern with core businesses in electricity, gas, water, waste management and recycling; and the SCHOTT Group, a leading international specialty glass manufacturer. The RWE and SCHOTT companies had combined sales of over $55 billion in 2002, and employ nearly 150,000 people worldwide.

About American Water

American Water, a part of RWE's water division, serves 20 million customers in 27 states, four Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and South America. More than 8,000 employees provide water, wastewater and other related services. RWE's water division is the third largest water and wastewater services company in the world.

About New Jersey American

New Jersey American Water is the state's largest water utility. Combined with Elizabethtown and Mt. Holly Water (both now doing business as New Jersey American Water) they serve over two million people in 179 communities throughout the state.

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