SOLE BAJA TRAVESIA – THE WORLD’S FIRST CARBON NEUTRAL ADVENTURE RACE
PRESS RELEASE, 2/24/07
Big Bear Lake, California – Today the SOLE Baja Travesia announced a partnership with 3 Phases Renewables that will make the SOLE Baja Travesia, the World’s first “Carbon Neutral” adventure race.
So, what’s that all mean? — 3 Phases Renewables will off-set all carbon emissions of both racers and support crews by donating an equal amount of Renewable Energy Credits. 3 Phases Renewables will collect data from all racers and crews and use their on-line carbon calculator to determine the total carbon emissions for the event.
“Our hope is that more Race Director’s become aware that they too can green their event by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits,” said Melissa Cabrera of 3 Phases Renewables. “We want to raise awareness amongst participants that they can easily offset their automobile emissions for only a few dollars a month,” she said. In addition, any participants who want to offset their carbon emissions for travel to races in 2008 will receive a special discount when they buy Renewable Energy Credits from 3 Phases Renewables.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with 3 Phases Renewables. We’re learning how we can help the environment through the REC program and it’s exciting to be the first carbon neutral Adventure Race. We hope to start a trend among adventure racing and adventure racers,” said Karen Lundgren, one of the event directors for the SOLE Baja Travesia.
“It’s the first step for us in creating an environmentally friendly event,” said Paul Romero also one of the event directors. “In addition to this great program, we’re going to educate all of our participants in the simple ways that they can help the environment,” he continued.
Renewable Energy Credits (also known as RECs, renewable energy certificates, green tags, or green energy certificates), represent the technology and environmental attributes of electricity generated from renewable sources. Renewable power sources are those that rely on “renewable” resources, rather than fossil or nuclear fuels. Renewable power sources include solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and small hydroelectric installations. A REC can be sold separately from the mega-watt hour of electricity it is associated with, and represents the “green” portion of green power. This flexibility enables customers to offset a percentage of their annual electricity use with certificates generated elsewhere.
Although the renewable energy purchased does not necessarily go directly to your home or business, 3 Phases Renewables guarantees that the clean energy you purchase is added to the power grid. When a renewable energy facility sends electricity to the grid, less electricity needs to be generated from fossil fuel plants. Those plants then burn less fuel and less pollution overall is generated. This includes not only CO2 emissions, but also many other pollutants such as SOx, NOx, mercury, and carbon monoxide. And, although your clean energy is mixed with energy from different sources, you are assured that each MWh of green energy purchased displaces the equivalent amount of brown power. As more RECs are bought, the renewable energy content of the electricity increases and an increased demand for RECs also spurs new renewable generating facilities.
The Baja Travesia is a 3-5 day expedition adventure event where teams of three use non-motorized means along with a map and compass to cross the Baja Peninsula. This year’s event will begin in San Felipe on March 24 and finish in Ensenada on March 28.
FT. CARSON TO HOST THE ARMY’S LARGEST SOLAR PROJECT
PRESS RELEASE, 10/15/2007
3 Phases Energy Services, LLC, SunTechnics Energy Systems, Inc., and Morgan Stanley, will develop, engineer, install and finance a 2-megawatt (MW), ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array at Fort Carson, CO. When completed, this landmark PV project will cover nearly 12 acres at Fort Carson making it the largest solar array at a U.S. Army facility and one of the largest in Colorado.
The project will generate 3,200 megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar power annually, reflecting the U.S. Army’s strong commitment to clean, renewable energy. “Using Colorado’s abundant sunshine and available federal land to continue charting a new course for our energy future made sense,” said Ft. Carson Utilities Manager Vince Guthrie, who was instrumental in bringing solar power to Fort Carson.
This project also represents one of the first major customer-sited projects to emerge from Colorado’s voter-led initiative to make the state a leading user of renewable energy. Governor Bill Ritter, who took office in January 2007, recently led a successful campaign to double the amount of renewable energy in the state’s renewable portfolio standard. By 2020, Colorado will get 20 percent of its power from renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal resources.
“The 2 MW solar project at Fort Carson represents the collaboration of seven major players, each of whom has played a decisive role in making this project a tremendous success,” said Erik Rothenberg, Managing Director at 3 Phases Energy. A California based developer of renewable energy projects, 3 Phases worked with Fort Carson to assemble the various pieces and partners to make this an economically viable project for the Army.
Two utilities and a federal power marketing agency cooperated in making the project possible. Xcel Energy will purchase the renewable energy credits (RECs) for 20 years under its Solar*Rewards program, which provides incentives for residential and commercial solar installations. The RECs will support Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard. Colorado Springs Utilities which provides services to Fort Carson will host the system on its grid. Under its power marketing authority, Western Area Power Administration’s Rocky Mountain Region will procure the power from the system on behalf of Fort Carson.
“Western is proud to support a federal customer in securing clean, reliable power at a fixed rate,” said Randy Manion, Manager of Western’s Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies Program. “We hope to use this model for other customers who are expressing interest in similar types of projects. It is a great way to expand the use of renewable energy while meeting the needs of many different parties.”
3 Phases Energy brought the best of the solar industry to build and finance this project. SunTechnics Inc., the largest global installer of solar systems, will design and construct the project which is expected to be completed in December? 2007. Florian Edler, CEO of SunTechnics Energy Systems, Inc. said “Our international and proven engineering expertise has been a critical factor in SunTechnicsâ€™ contribution to the Fort Carson project. Our ability to provide a customized renewable energy solution such as our unique output guarantee assures the maximum return on investment and enables us to make a difference for this high-profile project.”
3 Phases Energy selected Morgan Stanley Co. as the project investor and long term owner. “This project represents an example of successful collaboration between a developer, state and federal government, the US Army, utilities and financing community” added Edward Levin, a Vice President in the New York Global Structured Products Group of Morgan Stanley.
The ground-mounted solar array will consist of flat-plate, thin-film solar technology provided by First Solar, an Arizona company. The solar modules are warranted for 25 years and the plant can be expected to produce energy efficiently for up to 40 years.
“Reducing Fort Carson’s reliance on fossil fuels helps us build a sustainable energy future that is good for our bottom line, the environment, and national security,” said Vince Guthrie who oversees Fort Carson’s utilities and electric bills.
About Fort Carson
Fort Carson, the Army’s “Mountain Post,” located south of Colorado Spring, is home to the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, Headquarters for Division West, 1st U.S. Army, which is responsible for the training of all Reserve Component units west of the Mississippi River, and 10th Special Forces Group, among other U.S. Army units. It is one of the largest Army installations in the western United States.
About Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 10,000 megawatts of power from hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. It is part of the U.S. Department of Energy.
About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.3 million electricity customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis. More information is available at www.xcelenergy.com.
About Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 600 offices in 31 countries. Morgan Stanley’s broad energy portfolio increasingly includes alternative and renewable energy financing, such as with SunPower, to encourage energy efficient technologies. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.
THE HOLIDAY PIER LIGHTING IN MANHATTAN BEACH GOES GREEN!
PRESS RELEASE, 12/2007
This year Manhattan Beach’s holiday Pier Lighting will be greener thanks to 3 Phases Renewables (3PR), a local provider of renewable energy options.
3PR is providing 7,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy to offset the energy used by the holiday lights used to decorate the pier in Manhattan Beach. This donation will prevent 14,686 lbs. of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere, which is equivalent planting 6 acres of trees.
“We hope to inspire the residents and businesses of Manhattan Beach to help us build a sustainable future,” said Hans Isern, marketing manager for 3 Phases Renewables.
This year’s Pier Lighting takes place on Saturday, December 1st, from 4:30-6:30pm at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
GREEN SPONSOR OF ALTCAR EXPO
PRESS RELEASE, 09/2007
3 Phases Renewables is proud to be the Carbon Neutrality sponsor for the Second Annual Alternative Energy and Transportation Expo presented by the City of Santa Monica.
The AltCar Expo provides the public with an opportunity to test drive the latest in low and no-emission cars, which use technologies such as electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, hydrogen, fuel cells and ethanol for power. The Expo will also help educate its participants in the available sustainable lifestyle choices and their immediate positive impact on air quality, health, and the environment, thereby strengthening our community’s commitment to sustainability and reducing dependence on foreign oil.
3 Phases Renewables is happy to work with the City of Santa Monica in being a part of the renewable energy solution. All of the electricity usage for the event will be offset by 3 Phases Renewables, making the event powered completely by renewable energy. 3 Phases Renewables will also launch their new online carbon calculator at the event. The calculator will provide a simple way for individuals to compute the amount of carbon their activities produce, as well as a quick assessment of how to offset these personal carbon footprints. By providing an efficient way for individuals to calculate and offset their carbon emissions in one simple process, 3 Phases Renewables hopes to educate and inspire attendees to reduce their carbon emissions by participating in the Renewable Energy Certificates program.
The Expo will take place on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th, 2007 at Barker Hangar located in the Santa Monica Airport and is free to the public.
SPIN OFF OF GREEN DIRECT IS A GO
PRESS RELEASE, 08/2007
Pursuing new opportunities in the renewable energy marketplace, 3 Phases Energy Services LLC’s Green Direct division has spun off from the parent company and will operate as 3 Phases Renewables, LLC. Mike Mazur, who founded 3 Phases Energy Services in 1994, will manage 3 Phases Renewables’ direct access business in California’s deregulated market. Erik Rothenberg will continue as Managing Director of 3 Phases Energy Services, LLC.
In addition, 3 Phases Renewables will continue to provide value-added wholesale green power marketing and scheduling, distributed generation development, and related consulting services to its renewable energy-minded clients. According to Mr. Mazur: “The growth of 3 Phases Energy Services and changes in the energy market over the past few years brought success and new challenges, which require more flexibility in addressing dynamics in the marketplace. The pace of adapting and addressing the changes and new opportunities for growth prompted these necessary steps, allowing the 3 Phases’ entities to move their business segments forward. The spin-off of 3 Phases Renewables will enable each company and its staff to concentrate on its specific areas of expertise in an efficient manner.”
UNIVERSITY AWARDS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ENERGY CONTRACTS TO ENHANCE EXISTING GREEN INITIATIVES
PRESS RELEASE, 01/2007
Penn State University will purchase green power to meet 20% of its electrical energy needs for the next five years, up from its previous commitment of 5%. Under a new set of contracts, the university will purchase 83.6 million kWh of green power annually, including Pennsylvania-based wind energy from Community Energy, Inc., national wind and biomass energy from 3 Phases Energy Services, and low-impact certified hydroelectric power from Sterling Planet, Inc. The university was able to increase its green power purchases by negotiating a lower average purchase price; the new contracts carry an average price of 0.5¢/kWh compared to 1.4¢/kWh under its previous wind energy contract.