Monday, April 18, 2011

United Sports to Unveil Expansive Solar and Hydro Energy Project

DOWNINGTON, Pa., April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Sports, the most comprehensive multi-sport facility and premiere sports destination in the Northeast, is committing to a cleaner environment for the kids. The Company has partnered with Mercury Solar Systems, one of the East Coast's top solar integrators and Exelon Corporation, one of the largest retail energy suppliers in the country, on a ground breaking energy project to be unveiled Thursday, April 21st at 11:00am.

"United Sports is excited about the positive energy decisions we are making with Sage Energy, Mercury Solar Systems and Exelon, said Ted van Beuren, President/CEO, United Sports. To think that two-thirds of our energy needs will be supplied through renewable solar and hydro power at a substantial savings is a win-win for all!"

The environmental benefits of these systems over their lifetime are equivalent to driving an average size car 50,000,000 miles, flying 44 trips to the moon and back, and planting over 175,000 trees.  The 207kW solar energy system consists of 1,035 panels that span the roof of the complex and United Sports is also tapping into the Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station in Darlington, MD to generate energy from water. These two projects will enable United Sports to run two-thirds of the complex with renewable sources of energy.

"United Sports went the distance to incorporate cutting edge green technologies into the design of the complex," said Andrew Kleeman, Senior Vice President, New Markets at Mercury Solar Systems. "The solar system alone will generate enough energy to power 17 average sized homes but more importantly significant clean energy for the kids that actively play at the complex each and every year."

"We at Sage Energy Investments are proud to be bringing solar and hydroelectric power to United Sports, the premier sports and recreation complex on the East Coast," said Peter Corbett, Managing Partner. "Given the recent catastrophes of the Gulf oil spill and the nuclear meltdown in Japan, timing could not be better to showcase the viability of alternative energy strategies.  With over 1,000,000 annual visitors, many impressionable youth, United Sports is the ideal location to get this message out and show that clean, renewable energy makes sense for the future of this country."

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