Premier Alliance to Build 250-kW Project for San Diego YMCA

Premier Alliance Group Inc., a strategic advisory, services and solutions firm focused on providing 360 degrees Intelligence Delivery through its Knowledge Based Expertise (KBE), today announced that its Energy and Sustainability Division has been engaged by Manzana Energy Inc. to engineer and construct a 250-kW photovoltaic solar project for the Border View Family YMCA in San Diego. The project, to be completed in 2013, represents $1.2 million in revenue to Premier Alliance.

YMCA-fun-logoAlong with the electrical engineering and construction of the system, Premier Alliance will manage all the permitting and complex utility interconnect guidelines associated with a solar project of this scale. Once completed, the Border View Family YMCA will be able to take advantage of substantially discounted electricity rates while offering covered parking and convenient charging stations for patrons with plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The Border View Family YMCA is the newest of the YMCA’s 25 facilities in San Diego County and will realize a savings of an estimated $1.3 million in energy costs over the 25-year lifetime of the Power Purchase Agreement.

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“Implementing alternative energy solutions is one of our core strengths,” said Russ Earnshaw, Senior Vice President of Solutions for Premier Alliance. “We are looking forward to working with Manzana and demonstrating those strengths in order to benefit the Y and its members. We envision a long lasting partnership and anticipate this will be the first of many projects with an organization like the YMCA that does so much for San Diego.”

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“Selecting Premier Alliance was an easy choice,” said Art Castanares, President and CEO of Manzana Energy. “I’ve been a staunch supporter of the YMCA and its mission for many years and feel Premier Alliance understands this project is more than just a construction job, but rather an opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with an exceptional organization that supports communities all over the United States and internationally.”

“We are very excited about this project,” said YMCA of San Diego County President and CEO Baron Herdelin-Doherty. “Not only is our goal to set an example of environmental awareness and responsibility but also the financial savings will allow us to fund additional programs and services in keeping with our mission of ‘improving the quality of human life’ for our members and the community at large.”

“This initiative will serve as yet another demonstration of San Diego as one of the most sustainable cities in America,” stated Jim Waring, Executive Chairman of CleanTECH San Diego. “We pride ourselves in identifying community projects and pairing them with proven technology partners to ensure execution and significant energy savings. It’s great to see organizations like the YMCA of San Diego County taking the lead in working with Premier Alliance and other CleanTECH San Diego members.”

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