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    Attend the WestWind Homes Grand Opening in Laredo, Texas

    MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ONLY, contact Anne Howard here.

    Residents of Laredo, Texas and journalists are all invited to a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of  Lomas Heights – Phase XI community.

    Lomas Heights – Phase XI community

    Thursday, February 22,  10 am to 7 pm  

    3303 La Terraza Way, Laredo, Texas, 78046

    Call (956) 704-3900

    Lomas Height XI – WestWind Homes at Lomas Heights is located in one the fastest growing areas of town. Lomas Heights offers a beautifully planned community close to schools, shopping, parks, and Laredo’s newest public library. The new homes here start from the upper $130’s.

    The latest Lomas Heights community offers a cost-saving opportunity for homeowners. By eliminating a garage, it offers more living space at a most affordable price range.
    Honorable Mayor Pedro Ignacio Saenz Jr. is attending The WestWind Homes ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    Jonathan Arthur, Sales Manager – Rio Grande Valley and Lance Price, Division President, Laredo will be in attendance to answer your questions.

    Complimentary food and drinks will be served.
    Model Home

    View the homes at:
    http://westwindhomes.com/laredo-communities/lomas-height-xi/

    and
    http://westwindhomes.com/laredo_homes/3303-la-terraza-way/

    MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ONLY, contact Anne Howard here.

    STANDARD HOME FEATURES

    CONSTRUCTION FEATURES
    Brick Or Stucco Front
    8′-00″ Standard Ceiling Height
    25 Year Architectural Shingles
    Roof Pitch 6/12
    Energy Star Approved Windows
    Fiberglass 6 Panel Front Door
    Classique Interior Doors
    Satin Nickel Interior Hardware
    13″ Ceramic Tile All Areas
    2-1/2″ Colonial Baseboard
    Hose Bibs In Front And Rear Of Home
    Shelving In Closets, Utility, And Pantry
    TV Cable And Phone Outlets In Master Bedroom, And Family
    All Bedrooms Braced For Ceiling Fans
    White Electrical Switches And Outlets
    Covered Patio Included (Per Plan)
    Door Chime

    KITCHEN FEATURES
    Poplar Front Cabinets
    Decorative Wilsonart Formica Countertops In Kitchen
    7″ Stainless Steel Sink
    Vented Range Hood
    Pre-Plumbed Water Supply For Refrigerator And Ice Maker
    Moen Plumb Faucets Throughout

    BATH FEATURES
    (5) Interior/Exterior Color Schemes To Choose From
    Pittsburg Paint
    Fiberglass Shower/Tub Combo
    Oversized Mirrors W/ Vanity Lights
    Decorative Wilsonart Formica Bath Countertops
    Moen Chrome Bath Fixtures In All Baths
    James Hardie Durable, Hypoallergenic 1/2″ Hardiebacker Cement Board

    ENERGY PACKAGE
    Carrier – 16 SEER High-Efficiency Heating And Air Conditioning
    Digital Thermostat
    R-38 Insulation At Attic Space
    Tech Shield
    R-15 Wall Insulation With Poly Sealant At Sole & Top Plates, Doors, And Windows
    Polycel Sealant Around Outside Doors And Windows
    Polycel Sealant Applied At Sole Plate And Windows
    Sealed R-6 Insulation Duct Work For A/C
    Bath And Kitchen Exhaust Fans Vented Out
    All Plumbing Fixtures Are Water Sense Certified
    40 Gallon Energy Efficient Water Heater

    SAFETY AND SECURITY FEATURES
    Satin Nickel Deadbolt Locks On Exterior Doors
    Weatherproof Electrical Plug Exterior
    Protected Ground Fault Circuit Breakers
    Smoke Detectors By Code

    LANDSCAPE FEATURES
    Front Yard Sod With (8) 1 Gallon Shrub, 1 Oaktree, And A 2″ Caliper
    Cedar Wing Fence With (1) Gate

    WARRANTY
    2 Yr On Electrical Components, Heating Or Cooling System, And Plumbing; And A 1 Yr Warranty For All Other Components Of The Home
    Third Party 10 Years Structural Home Warranty
    Customer Service After Hours (Emergency CARe Team)

    *Prices based on proposed Construction Plans
    NOTICE – WestWind Homes reserves the right to change floor plans specifications, prices, financing terms and availability without prior notice and may vary by neighborhood lot locations and home series.

    MEMBERS OF THE PRESS ONLY: contact Anne Howard here.

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    NASA to Host National Space Council Meeting at Kennedy Space Center

    NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host a meeting of the National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

    NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the meeting beginning at 10 a.m. EST.

    Media are invited to cover the vice president’s arrival on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility and the council meeting on Wednesday.

    After his arrival on Tuesday, Vice President Pence will tour Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch facilities and participate in a commercial spaceflight federal reception. On Wednesday, Vice President Pence will lead the National Space Council meeting inside Kennedy’s Space Station Processing Facility. “Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond: Winning the Next Frontier” will include testimonials from leaders in the civil, commercial, and national security sectors about the importance of the United States’ space enterprise. The Vice President will conclude his visit with a tour of Kennedy Space Center.

    U.S. media who wish to cover the events must apply for accreditation online at:

    https://media.ksc.nasa.gov 

    All media applications for credentialing must be received by 8 p.m. today, Feb. 19. Media must also RSVP at ksc-media-accreditat@mail.nasa.gov for both arrival and the Council Meeting. Media outlets planning to bring satellite trucks to either event must inform KSC media operations during the RSVP process.

    Applications for media credentials for international journalists are not available for this event. Questions about accreditation should be sent to KSC-Media-Accreditat@mail.nasa.gov or 321-867-2468. Media must present two forms of unexpired, government identification. One form must include a photo, such as a passport or driver’s license.

    Arrival times for badging and transportation to events

    Tuesday, Feb. 20 – Noon (Pre-set of equipment and satellite trucks)
    Departure for the event will be at 4 p.m.
    Location:  Press Accreditation Building on State Road 3

    Wednesday, Feb. 21 – 2 a.m. (Pre-set of equipment and satellite trucks)
    Departure for the event will be at 7:30 a.m.
    Location:  Press Accreditation Building on State Road 3

    On Feb. 20, media will be transported to the Shuttle Landing Facility at 1:30 p.m. to pre-stage equipment and satellite trucks.  Media will return to the Press Accreditation Building at 2:30 p.m. to allow for security sweeps of the facility.

    On Feb. 21, media will be transported to the Space Station Processing Facility to pre-stage equipment and satellite trucks. Media will return to the Press Accreditation Building at 5 a.m. to allow for security sweeps of the facility.

    All equipment needed to cover both events must be pre-staged at the respective facilities.

    This will be the second meeting of the National Space Council, which President Trump reestablished last year.

    Images and video highlights from the meeting and tours will be available at:

    https://www.nasa.gov/mediaresources   

    For more information about NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, visit:

    http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy

    SOURCE NASA

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    Sechrist Veterinary Health Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Supports University Of Tennessee Snake Bite Study

    The Sechrist Veterinary Health Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber located at The John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center, in Knoxville, TNis being used in a study that will measure the effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) on wound healing in canines suffering from snake bites.

    The prospective, blinded and controlled study is being conducted to assess the effects of HBOT on local wound swelling, severity and pain. A secondary objective is to describe the safety and effectiveness of HBOT in dogs. All dogs will receive standard care for snake bites, including fluids and pain medication. Dogs will be chosen randomly to be in either the HBOT group or the control group (No HBOT).

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the therapeutic breathing of 100% oxygen while the body is under increased ambient pressure. It is used as an adjunctive treatment to improve blood and tissue oxygenation and enhance the body’s natural antibacterial activity and reduce inflammation. The results of the study will determine if HBOT improves recovery after snake bites.

    ABOUT SECHRIST VETERINARY HEALTH

    Sechrist Industries Inc., the manufacturer of more monoplace hyperbaric chambers than all other manufacturers combined, currently has the largest installed base in operation within the developed nations. In launching their new Veterinary Health Division, they have landed a spot at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Sechrist installed a new Model SV500 Veterinary Hyperbaric Chamber to support the study.

    Sechrist’s Veterinary Hyperbaric Chamber is used to treat, not only the same indications seen in human patients, but also many other conditions unique to animal patients. Sechrist hyperbaric chambers provide constant visual and audible contact while the patient breathes pure oxygen enclosed in a clear hyperbaric environment. Sechrist’s Veterinary Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber is helping to advance the future of small animal health care.

    John Razzano, President of Sechrist Veterinary Health said, “Sechrist has an outstanding reputation for quality, trust, and service while supporting a strong market leadership position in a rapidly growing market. We are excited to do our part to help advance the therapy of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the world of veterinary medicine.”

    To learn more about the UT-sponsored snake bite study, visit vetmed.tennessee.edu/vmc. To learn more about Sechrist and their veterinary hyperbaric chambers, go to www.sivethealth.com.

    Media Contact: Ryan Stein, 1-714-579-8384;

    SOURCE Sechrist Veterinary Health

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    Upcoming art classes at Palace Art in Capitola, Santa Cruz County

    You Can Do This!

    We still have spaces available in our Portrait Painting workshop this Saturday. You might feel a little intimidated, but you shouldn’t. You can do it. This is the perfect time and place, and you’re invited to join us. Bring a friend!

    Portrait Painting

    Saturday, February 24, at Palace Art in Capitola (11 am to 6 pm)

    This charming portrait by the great American artist John Singer Sargent hangs in the National Gallery, and it’s an ideal subject for our portrait painting workshop. You’ll start with a specially marked canvas to help you through the early stages, and I will guide you with step-by-step demonstrations to keep you going. Learn about the art of portraiture in a relaxed, friendly setting. It’s a must-attend event!

    California Landscape

    Saturday, March 3, at Palace Art in Capitola (11 am to 6 pm)

    American Impressionists often found their inspiration in the California landscape. Our subject for this new Paint Along workshop is William Wendt’s gorgeous “Rolling Hills” from 1920. It’s a great lesson in dynamic use of color and creative brushwork. And you’ll finish the day with a beautiful painting.

    Elephants

    Saturday, March 10, at Palace Art in Capitola (11 am to 6 pm)

    Elephants have a majestic beauty, and they’re a captivating subject for art making. In this special one-day workshop, you’ll learn all about painting basic shapes, proportions, light sources and shadows. And you’ll create a unique work of art to bring home with you at the end of the day.

    Everyone is Welcome

    No prior painting experience is necessary. These workshops are designed for beginners, and for people who love to make art and want to learn more about it. You can do it! It’s just $65, including materials, canvas, and paints.

    Weekday Art Classes

    Art is fun! Learn how to paint and have a great time, too. You can choose any subject you like — whatever inspires you. It’s just $30 per class, or $125 for a series of five classes.

    Schedule of Classes

    Mondays, 2-5

    Tuesdays, 10-1, and 2-5

    Fridays, 5-8

    Sign Up Now!

    Call or text Toaa at (831) 332-9532 to reserve your space in a class or workshop, or email at toaadallo@sbcglobal.net.


    Toaa Dallo

    toaadallo@sbcglobal.net

    (831) 332-9532

    Visit www.DalloGallery.com

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    FBI Statement on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida

    On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.

    Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.

    We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray said:

    “We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public. It’s up to all Americans to be vigilant, and when members of the public contact us with concerns, we must act properly and quickly.

    “We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy. All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it.”

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    Celina Summers’s Breaking New Ground With New Fantasy Series

    Celina Summers’s New Fantasy Series Breaking New Ground

    Columbus, Ohio USA-—Award-winning author Celina Summers begins a new journey with the release of Theater of Seduction, the first book of her Harlequinade series. The novel was released Thursday to accolades from NYT/USA Today bestselling authors and reviewers alike. Summers is self-publishing the series and will release a new novel every month for ten months. Theater of Seduction is a mash-up of multiple genres: a paranormal romance/time travel/historical fantasy that begins in the world of contemporary American theater digresses through Versailles during the reign of Louis XV and ends up in a full-blown fantasy world with immortals at war.

    “Editors loved the story, but publishers didn’t know where to shelve the book so they’d reject it. Eventually, I figured I’d have to publish it myself,” Summers said. As a former editorial director, Summers knew how much work it would take to self-publish the series. So she hired editors and designers she’d worked with before.

    “I wanted to make sure there was no lessening of quality for these books,” Summers said. “One of the things I knew I could do through self-publishing that wouldn’t happen with a publishing house was to get each subsequent book into readers’ hands within a month. There are too many readers out there patiently waiting for a sequel that’s one, two, five years overdue. I didn’t want that to happen with this story.”

    Whether it’s the intense atmosphere of a professional theater company, the richness of the eighteenth century France, or the magic of an expansive fantasy universe, the connecting threads weave a story unlike anything else out there. One reviewer described it as “Phantom of the Opera meets Outlander meets Something Wicked This Way Comes.” 

    Summers shrugged off the comparisons.

    “I just want to tell stories that are different. I set challenges for myself, like finding ways to make a Harlequin into a bad guy, or turning a traditional villain into a romantic hero. The journey my main character takes is the story, but I love making that journey as herculean as possible.”

    Ten full-length novels in ten months is certainly a herculean task, and the Harlequinade is set to do exactly that from February until November 2018. You can learn more about Theater of Seduction at Summers’ website (cachevault.org), including the first two chapters of the novel. Theater of Seduction is available at all online book retailers.

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    Cloud Painting with Toaa Dallo

    Dallo Clouds

    Learn How to Paint Clouds

    Saturday, February 17, at Palace Art in Capitola (11 am to 6 pm)

    There’s nothing like clouds for color and drama, and they’re a fantastic subject for painting. You’ll learn about painting basic shapes, color mixing, blending, light sources, shadow, and perspective—all the secrets to great cloudscapes. You’ve got to try this!

    Portrait Painting

    Saturday, February 24, at Palace Art in Capitola (11 am to 6 pm)

    This charming portrait by the great American artist John Singer Sargent hangs in the National Gallery, and it’s an ideal subject for our portraiture workshop. You’ll start with a specially marked canvas to help you through the early stages, and I will guide you with step-by-step demonstrations to keep you going. Learn about the art of portraiture in a relaxed, friendly setting. It’s a must-attend event!

    Time to Make Art!

    California Landscape

    Saturday, March 3, at Palace Art in Capitola (11 am to 6 pm)

    American Impressionists often found their inspiration in the California landscape. Our subject for this new Paint Along workshop is William Wendt’s gorgeous “Rolling Hills” from 1920. It’s a great lesson in a dynamic use of color and creative brushwork. And you’ll finish the day with a beautiful painting.

    Everyone is Welcome

    No prior painting experience is necessary. These workshops are designed for beginners, and for people who love to make art and want to learn more about it. You can do it! It’s just $65, including materials, canvas, and paints.

    Weekday Art Classes

    Art is fun! Learn how to paint and have a great time, too. You can choose any subject you like — whatever inspires you. It’s just $30 per class or $125 for a series of five classes.

    Schedule of Classes

    Mondays, 2-5

    Tuesdays, 10-1 and 2-5

    Fridays, 5-8

    Sign Up Now!

    Call or text Toaa Dallo at (831) 332-9532 to reserve your space in a class or work op, or email at toaadallo@sbcglobal.net.

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    Couture Fashion Week Fall 2018 Records Black History for Social Justice

    On December 23, 1867, Sarah Breedlove was born to two slaves on a plantation in Delta, Louisiana, as part of the Jim Crow era, Sarah Breedlove became the first African American to launch a Hair Care (a hair straightening formula/and or hot comb) and Cosmetics company and job creator within the Black Community. As one of the most successful Black women on the stage today echoing the Louisiana Plantations and the celebration of freedom after the second Juneteenth, Couture Fashion Week Fall 2018 paid tribute to the color lines of Plessy v. Ferguson that drew blacks in the turn-of-the-century to exclude them from trade unions, and bank capital. The sweet sounds of a Louisiana saxophone reminded the elite why Black opportunity must be seized by a larger movement today witnessed by 10,000 to 40,000 black-owned past businesses between 1883 to 1913. As it was Sarah Breedlove’s turn to officially mark the pavement under married number three as “Madam CJ. Walker” with a small investment of only $1.25, this start up dream is a continuum marketing magician that sells today in Fashion Shows, Club Gatherings, Churches, Door-to-Door, on Social Media, and in every independent black newspaper/event around.

    Hair Culturalist are now global within the black community and the Couture Fashion Week world builds even more dreams in a vast social network of consumer-agents, global celebrity hair, and makeup artist from the Caribbean and Central America. Black history is still big business that stimulates emulation or empowerment as debate to pass laws, shop, secure prosperity and own freedom announced by Madam Walker’s echo. Voodoo Makeup for Couture Fashion Week and Global Celebrity Hair and Makeup Artist now owns these rights to walk the fashion Black History movement today complimenting the first black fashion designer, Zelda Wynn Valdes.

    Zelda Wynn Valdes, also recorded Black history for the Couture Fashion Week as the first costumer to open her own shop, a black-owned business on Broadway in 1948. Valdes skills were inherited by her grandmother while working for her uncle’s tailoring business in White Plains, New York. Valdes, was best known for her skills in creating the first Playboy’s Hugh Hefner “Playboy Bunny” costumes for seduction and allure in the pop culture. As a member of the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designer (NAFAD), a coalition of black designers founded by Mary McLeod Bethune, led to the launch as the first African-American to own a store on Broadway, a boutique. The Red Carpet Stars of Valdes’s clients included Josephine Baker, Mae West, Ella Fitzgerald, Dorothy Dandridge, Eartha Kitt, and Marian Anderson, and lastly Joyce Bryant (the Black Marilyn Monroe).

    As the Couture Fashion Week promoted “The Red Carpet Stars” by Andres Aquino while the Louisiana Saxophonist lit the Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square, Ballroom with historical sounds, history and the Jim Crow era has been marked by the Fashion United World as a lesson in Black History of famous people known both in the Black and White movement respective of Social Justice.

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    Texans See their Home Ownership Dream Come True With Home Buyer’s Club

    WestWind Best Model

    Home Buyer’s Club

    What Is the Home Buyer’s Club Program?

    For many Texans residing in Laredo, McAllen, Edinburg, and Weslaco, the dream of homeownership seems to be impossible. Perhaps their credit isn’t perfect, or they have none, or they have been turned down by builders, whatever their circumstances, their hopes have been crushed.

    Since 1993, WestWind Homes builder has helped families with less than stellar credit move into beautiful homes in vibrant communities faster than they thought possible.

    How do they do it? By participating in the Home Buyer’s Club, a pathway to homeownership, clients are given access to credit experts and financial institutions who work with all types of credit situations and facilitate the process.

    $1,000 Incentive

    WestWind Home builder is committed to the residents of the Laredo, McAllen, Edinburg, and Weslaco communities and wants to make homeownership as easy as possible for them. And that’s why the company offers a monetary incentive.

    Upon completion, the participants are rewarded with a $1,000 incentive to apply toward their WestWind Home down payments.

    Award Winning for Excellence in Energy Efficiency

    Once again, WestWind Homes has been the recipient of the 2017 AEP Texas High-Performance Home Program Award for Highest Cumulative Savings for its excellence in building energy efficient homes offering the best savings to the residents.

    Pioneer in the home building industry

    Since 1993, and way ahead of most builders, WestWind Homes has been building Energy Star award-winning homes and incorporated modern, energy saving products to reduce the homeowners’ energy costs and save them money without sacrificing comfort. 

    Home Energy Rating System (HERS)

    All the homes are inspected and certified by a third party, independent Certified Energy Rater to obtain its Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. The homes have consistently received a 5-star rating.

    Energy Star

    The Energy Star program run by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  Why is that important? Energy Star homes are cost-efficient and contribute to the reality of owning an affordable home long after the sale is closed.


    To receive additional information about Home Buyer’s Club and to schedule an interview with the Director of Marketing, contact Anne Howard from the AH Marketing Group here.

     

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    Forever Men

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    Black America has made tremendous progress, and the hard work of our leaders from the past and today was instrumental in making our future better. However, we have a long way to go until we are truly proud of being black and proud of our accomplishments. There are too many murders, injustices in America judicial system, our choosing of political candidates and destruction of the black family for us to feel we succeeded. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. message of equality is extremely relevant today, and we must let America and the world understand, we are here, and we want police brutality to end, exploitation of black women to end and the psychological atmosphere of social media and Hollywood that make black men feel they are irrelevant to the black family progress. Malcolm X is FOREVER, Martin Luther King Jr is FOREVER, and we are FOREVER proud of having them as our FOREVER leaders!

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    Ameresco and PIDC Celebrate Completion of 6 MW Natural Gas-fired Peaking Plant Project at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia

    Ameresco

    Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE: AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the Navy Yard, today announced the final completion of the six megawatts (6 MW) natural gas-fired peaking plant at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, and that the plant is now operational.

    Earlier today, representatives from Ameresco, PIDC, the City of Philadelphia, U.S. Navy, and Mural Arts Philadelphia participated in a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of this innovative plant. The year-long project involved comprehensive design, engineering, and construction, and includes ongoing long-term operation and maintenance (O&M) of the new natural-gas fired peaking plant. The facility anchors one of the largest private microgrids in the United States located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia and provides peaking generation, PJM ancillary service participation, resiliency and microgrid integration capabilities. The event also marked the debut of a bright and colorful scrim on the fence surrounding the peaking plant, designed and created by artist Nate Harris, as part of an ongoing public art collaboration at the Navy Yard between PIDC and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

    “Completion of this project is a tremendous achievement for our City and the Navy Yard,” stated Deputy Mayor Rich Lazer, on behalf of Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia. “Not only does this peaking plant provide a reliable, innovative solution for ongoing energy requirements, but it is a great foundation to support significant future job growth as businesses continue to locate and grow within Philadelphia.”

    “We are thrilled to join with Ameresco today to cut the ribbon on this new peaking plant, which helps support the energy growth and demand at the Navy Yard,” said Prema Katari Gupta, Senior Vice President, Navy Yard Planning, Development, and Operations at PIDC. “This peaking plant allows the Navy Yard to continue to develop, expand, and attract new businesses and jobs to Philadelphia; support our smart energy initiatives, and provide for greater energy security and resiliency as required.”

    Now operational, the multi-million-dollar peaking plant is expected to run during the Navy Yard’s peak demand periods and during intervals of high-cost energy and capacity from the grid. By generating power during peak times, the project will allow PIDC to reliably meet the projected demand growth needs of the Navy Yard and its tenants. The plant will allow PIDC to participate in the PJM Ancillary Service Market and generate revenues to help offset the cost of the increased capacity.

    “Ameresco is extremely proud of our partnership with PIDC and we’re excited to complete this critical infrastructure project,” said Michael T. Bakas, Executive Vice President, Ameresco. “As a key component of the Navy Yard’s leading-edge microgrid, the plant is capable of providing certain resiliency services and critical support in the event of extended grid outages in addition to shaving the peak load requirements of the microgrid. This role for Ameresco leverages its depth of experience at developing and operating comprehensive, distributed energy systems integrated into microgrids that serve mission critical facilities for resiliency and cost control purposes.”

    Bakas continued, “In order to support further load growth at the Navy Yard, Ameresco designed the project to allow for ease of growth. To that end, Ameresco is excited to begin work on the newly contracted expansion of the peaking plant. Two megawatts (2 MW) of planned incremental capacity will increase the plant capacity to eight megawatts (8 MW) by the end of 2018 providing further ‘hardening’ of this comprehensive, ever-expanding Microgrid.”

    Local Philadelphia artist Nate Harris has designed multiple installations throughout the Navy Yard. Through a collaboration between PIDC and Mural Arts Philadelphia, Harris’ newest installation covers the fence in front of the peaking plant and continues to evoke the spirit of the Navy Yard with abstract representations of its buildings and ships, bringing vibrant color to the site.

    “As the Navy Yard continues to evolve and attract new visitors and companies, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with PIDC, in order to bring beauty to this space and to shine a light on its historic significance,” said Jane Golden, Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia. “We’re grateful to PIDC and Ameresco for their innovation with this new plant, and for their ongoing interest in spotlighting local artistic talent.”

    About the Navy Yard

    Described by POLITICO Magazine as “the coolest shipyard in America” and by Urban Land Institute as “one of the most successful office/industrial master-planned redevelopments in U.S. history,” the Navy Yard is a 1,200-acre thriving waterfront community, with 7.5 million square feet of real estate in a mix of historic buildings and LEED(R) certified new construction oriented around world-class open space. More than $1 billion of public and private funding has been invested into the campus since the base closure, attracting over 150 companies employing more than 13,500 workers. At full build-out, the Navy Yard will support up 20 million square feet of development, 30,000 people, and over $3 billion of private investment. For more information, visit www.navyyard.org.

    About PIDC

    PIDC is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. A non-profit founded in 1958 by the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PIDC’s mission is to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia. Over the last 60 years, PIDC has invested $14 billion of financing that has leveraged over $25 billion in total investment and assisted in retaining and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in Philadelphia.

    In its master developer role at the Navy Yard, PIDC manages all aspects of the property’s management and development, including master planning, leasing, property management, infrastructure development, utility operation, and structuring development transactions. For more information about PIDC, visit www.PIDCphila.com.

    About Ameresco, Inc.

    Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE: AMRC) is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants. Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with Federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA, Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.ameresco.com.

    The announcement of a customer’s entry into a project contract is not necessarily indicative of the timing or amount of revenue from such contract, of the company’s overall revenue for any particular period or of trends in the company’s overall total construction backlog. This project was included in our previously reported fully-contracted backlog as of September 30, 2017.

    SOURCE: Ameresco

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