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PHILADEPHIA, PA, JUNE 30, 2010 -- Today, officials from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inaugurated a new 455kW solar power array installed on the roof of the Veterans Affairs Building located at 5000 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia. The solar power system, comprised of 1,937 Sharp 235W solar panels was designed and built by Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI), a Sewell, NJ-based commercial solar design build firm. Completed in May 2010, this solar array enables the Department of Veterans Affairs to meet nearly 5% of its electricity needs with clean, safe, emissions-free solar power.
At a ceremony held this morning, GSA and Veterans Affairs officials joined in flipping the ceremonial switch on the project--the largest in Philadelphia, and one of the largest in Pennsylvania.
“This $6 million Veterans Affairs project is an example of how GSA is taking innovative steps to implement the latest in energy-efficient solar technology and create the energy solutions of tomorrow. The investments in alternative energy solutions can help lead the transformation to new green jobs and new green industries,” said Linda Chero, GSA Acting Regional Administrator and Federal Acquisition Service Regional Commissioner.
The project was funded entirely by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).
“RAI has completed solar energy projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland since 2004, and we are extremely proud to have this signature Pennsylvania photovoltaic project--one of the largest in the State--in our portfolio,” noted Ray Angelini, President, RAI. “This project is a direct result of the GSA’s commitment to green design and construction and the ARRA.”
Established in 1974 as an electrical contracting firm, today RAI is a leader in the region in solar design build projects as well as electric construction, general construction and power systems testing projects, according to Angelini.
“Sharp is pleased to be working with RAI, the GSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help the government achieve its sustainability and clean energy goals,” noted Ron Kenedi, vice president of Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group. “Renewable energy projects such as this one, comprised of solar modules made in the U.S. are not only healthy for our environment--they’re healthy for our economy as we help create new clean tech jobs throughout the region and the nation.”
The Sharp ND-U230 solar panels have been deployed on a 133,000 square foot roof of a five-story building; they will generate about 555,159kWh of solar electricity per year. On an annual basis, this solar energy system will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 398 metric tons; SO2 emissions by 3,606 lbs; and NO2 emissions by 1,300 lbs, as well as eliminate significant amounts of mercury. The panels were manufactured at Sharp’s solar panel manufacturing facility in Memphis, TN. Sharp is GSA schedule 56 contract holder.
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About Ray Angelini, Inc.
Ray Angelini, Inc. (RAI) is a commercial solar design build, electrical construction, general construction, and power systems testing firm. Founded in 1974 by Raymond J. Angelini as an electrical contracting company, RAI established a solar division in 2004 and has since completed solar projects throughout NJ, PA, DE and MD, including the Atlantic City Convention Center—the largest single-roof power array installation in the country at the time of completion in December 2008. RAI is an authorized Butler Builder® and is recognized as one of the region’s 2009 Best Places to Work sponsored by Philadelphia Business Journal. To learn more about Ray Angelini, Inc., please visit www.raiservices.com or call the Sewell, NJ-based headquarters at 856-228-5566.
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