|[October 07, 2013]
USG Manufacturing Plant in California Goes Solar
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), a leading building products company, has
entered into a Solar Energy Power Purchase and Sale Agreement (PPA) with
Green Light Plaster City Solar 1 LLC (GLPCS1), a wholly owned subsidiary
of Green Light Energy Corp. ("GLEC"), to install a solar facility at its
Plaster City, Calif. manufacturing plant. The one megawatt photovoltaic
(PV) system will provide USG with predictable cost for the portion of
electricity supplied by the PV system for the next 20 years.
Through the PPA, GLPCS1 along with local engineering firm, ZGlobal, Inc.
("ZGlobal"), will install solar cells on eight acres of USG's Plaster
City's site. Installation began in September and should be completed by
"We are always looking for opportunities for our plants to use solar
energy, and it made a lot of sense to move forward with this renewable
energy investment at our manufacturing plant in Plaster City," said Al
Zucco, senior director, Energy and Sustainability, USG. "This is an
exciting project that demonstrates USG's environmental stewardship and
commitment to maintain environmentally-friendly operations."
The GLPCS1 and ZGlobal solar project in Plaster City is part of an
effort that the two companies are working on to provide renewable energy
solutions throughout California and specifically the Imperial Valley.
Currently the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) supports and provides
all of the USG plant's energy. IID rates are expected to increase, at an
unknown rate, but with the PPA, USG will have predictable pricing for
energy produced y the solar PV system.
"GLPCS1 is a firm believer in utilizing renewable energy resources and
is proud to support USG in its effort towards building a sustainable
renewable energy source for its Plaster City plant," said Jeremy Vaa,
President and CEO, GLEC.
"We at ZGlobal are delighted to be working with GLPCS1 and USG to bring
this distributed generation solar project online," said Ziad Alaywan,
President, ZGlobal, Inc. "This project is an example of how well
environmental sustainability balances with opportunities to reduce
rising energy costs."
In addition to improving the environmental profile of USG's Plaster City
plant, the project is expected to save the company more than $1MM over
the 20-year life of the project through lowered electricity costs.
USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of innovative,
high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum
Company, USG Interiors, LLC, L&W Supply Corporation and other
subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, USG Worldwide operations serve
the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction
markets, enabling our customers to build the outstanding spaces where
people live, work and play. USG wall, ceiling, exterior sheathing,
flooring underlayment and roofing systems provide leading-edge building
solutions, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and
deliver building materials throughout the United States. USG and its
subsidiaries are proud sponsors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams
and the Canadian Olympic team. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.
Green Light Energy Corp, is a California-based developer and owner of
small and utility-scale renewable energy generation and infrastructure
development projects. For additional information, visit the GLEC website
ZGlobal, Inc. is a full service energy-engineering firm that is focused
on providing technical and commercial expertise for cost-effective
generation and transmission projects designed to meet the challenges of
the twenty first century. For additional information about ZGlobal,
Inc., visit the ZGlobal website at www.zglobal.biz.
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