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1 [Solar power Smarter, cleaner, brighter]

2 [SOLAR SUCCESS] Customer Overview The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Building is a four-story building in the heart of downtown Sacramento, CA. The Federal Building houses the GSA field office, providing procurement activities for other federal agencies in the region. It is also home to a post office and the Federal Public Defender. Project Description In March 2008, Constellation completed and brought on line a peak 520 kw solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of the GSA Sacramento Federal Building. The Federal Building has 95,000 square feet of its roof covered in thin-film PV panels. The system on average is expected to generate more than 650,000 kwh per year, and supply approximately 13 percent of the building s electricity needs. The system also includes a state-of-the-art data acquisition system that provides real-time information about the system s performance. Environmental Value The electricity produced by the system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions s equivalent to taking about 100 cars off the road annually. Customer Benefits Operated and maintained by Constellation, the system required no capital outlay by GSA. Constellation also reduced the project s projected cost by thirty percent through use of federal tax credits and utility incentives. GSA Sacramento, CA Technical Highlights 3,800 thin-film PV panels Peak capacity: 520 kw First-year production: 650,000+ kwh System footprint: 95,000 sq. feet Financial Highlights Capital investment: $3.3 million $1.4 M rebate through PG&E s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) REC value: $12,000 per year Contract and Schedule 10-year PPA On line: March 2008 By using a Power Purchase Agreement, GSA benefits from future certainty of its cost of power for the next 10 years. The project also allows GSA to meet federal goals for generation and use of renewable energy. Constellation and GSA Sacramento partnered to build a $3.3 M solar system that on average is expected to generate more than 650,000 kwh per year for GSA s Federal Building.

3 Solar Success Solar power is an important and fast-growing part of both Constellation s and the nation s energy portfolio. As a clean technology, solar is a great option for those who consider the social and environmental cost of fossil fuel technologies in addition to profits. Governments, businesses and non-profit organizations can develop sustainable and responsible strategies that account for this triple bottom line by using green technologies such as solar power.

4 [SOLAR POWERED] The following is a snapshot of some of Constellation s solar installations. Constellation has the capability to meet nearly any customer s solar needs, from smaller installations to full-scale utility systems. GM, Fontana, CA Thin-film PV panels Majilite Corporation, MA Thin-film PV panels East Lyme High School, CT Crystalline solar panels McCormick & Company, MD Crystalline solar panels and thin-film PV panels Maryland Environmental Service, MD Crystalline solar panels and thin-film PV panels SSA Chicago, IL Evacuated-tube heat-pipe solar collectors 950 kw 400 kw 481 kw 1 MW 300 kw 54 kw East Lyme High School, CT McCormick & Company, MD Majilite Corporation, MA Maryland Environmental Service, MD

5 [FINANCING YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM] You ve decided to make solar power part of your energy portfolio. How do you finance it? Green Stamp Your Buildings A solar project puts you in a position to reduce your buildings environmental impact and pursue LEED certification or improve your current LEED rating. Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) A PPA is an attractive financing option. You pay nothing upfront and agree to purchase the electricity generated by the system at a set price for a set amount of time. In exchange for that certainty Constellation builds, owns, operates and maintains the solar system at your site. Shifting development costs and operations and maintenance duties to Constellation makes this option particularly cost-effective. With minimal hassle, no upfront costs and fixed energy costs, PPAs have quickly become the preferred contracting mechanism for solar projects. Practical Benefits When you use a PPA to install a solar system, you receive electricity bills from Constellation similar to those you re accustomed to receiving from your local utility company. The crucial and beneficial difference is that the price per kilowatthour is pre-set, and not subject to fluctuations in the energy market. Knowing your energy prices in advance provides you with more control over your budget. You also benefit from receiving an energy rate that incorporates Constellation s expertise in subsidies, rebates and incentives. Constellation will leverage all applicable programs and make sure any cost savings and values associated with REC or carbon sales are passed on to you in the energy rates. At the end of the contract term, customers typically obtain ownership of the solar system a valuable and sustainable energy-generating asset that provides energy at little cost going forward. Alternative Financial Options Some customers opt to purchase their systems outright while others lease their systems. When deciding whether to purchase or lease, you should consider that purchasing requires large immediate capital outlays whereas a lease s cost remains fixed regardless of system output. Frequently Asked Questions Can you benefit from the federal investment tax credit (ITC)? To benefit fully from the 30-percent federal ITC will require considerable tax exposure. If you defer system ownership to Constellation, which qualifies for the ITC, we pass that credit back to you in the form of a reduced electricity rate. And despite their tax exemption, government organizations can also benefit from the ITC through long-term PPA. Does your utility offer net metering? Net metering optimizes the size of the solar installation. During low electrical usage periods, the excess electricity generated by the on-site system is exported to the grid and you have a specific time (typically one year) to use/reclaim this power at no additional cost. Check with Constellation regarding availability of net metering in your area. Can you use performance contracting as a funding source? The savings that result from improving the efficiency of your existing energy infrastructure can finance a renewable project. Through performance contracting, energy savings resulting from another project, such as installation of a smart energy management system, can be applied to fund a solar project.

6 Call Us To discover how we can put our expertise to work for you, call us today. Constellation Energy (800.4ENERGY) 7129 Ambassador Road Baltimore, MD ceprojects.com Constellation Energy ( is a leading supplier of energy products and services to wholesale and retail electric and natural gas customers. It owns a diversified fleet of generating units located in the United States and Canada, totaling approximately 7,100 megawatts of generating capacity, and is among the leaders pursuing the development of new nuclear plants in the United States. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland. A FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Baltimore, Constellation Energy had revenues of $15.6 billion in This brochure was printed by an FSC-certified company using FSC-certified paper that is 50% recycled and contains 25% post-consumer waste. February 2010

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