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Swinerton Renewable Energy: January 18, 2012

Swinerton Completes Largest Distributed Generation Project in Imperial Valley

BRAWLEY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/18/12 -- Swinerton Builders Renewable Energy, one of the nation's leading Solar EPC Contractors, recently got one step towards building a greener San Diego with their recent completion of the largest distributed generation project completed to date in the Imperial Valley.

On January 12th Swinerton joined Rabobank, N.A., Five Crowns Marketing staff and community members at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new photovoltaic project at the Five Crowns Cooling Facility. Located in Brawley, California, this distributed generation project will generate all of the primary energy requirements of one of the largest agricultural cooling facilities in Southern California. The system is designed to offset 85% of three separate meters, through a combination of a 215kW roof mount system and 2MW fixed tilt racking system, and utilizes Yingli Solar modules and Advanced Energy inverters.


Swinerton began construction of the project in early October and achieved commercial operation by December 30th, allowing the project to qualify for the Federal 1603 Grant Program and 100% accelerated depreciation for the client. Rabobank, N.A., a community bank that provides solar financing to California farms and businesses, provided the construction and term financing to Five Crowns Marketing for the project.


The success of this project has already lead to additional opportunities with Five Crowns Marketing and within the Imperial Valley. With over three gigawatts of power generation and solar expertise Swinerton Builders Renewable Energy offers turn-key power solutions for utility scale and distributed generation projects across the United States.


About Swinerton: The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton Builders Renewable Energy was established to provide single-point responsibility from start to finish and is focused exclusively on building best-in-class solar systems that are cost-effective and will provide clean power for many years to come. For more information on Swinerton, visit their blog SwinertonBuildsTomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.


About Rabobank, N.A.: Rabobank, N.A. is a California community bank that provides personalized service and a full array of quality products, including solar financing to farms, businesses and public organizations. With nearly 120 retail branches, Rabobank, N.A. serves the needs of communities from Redding to the Imperial Valley through a regional structure that promotes local decision making and active community involvement by their employees. For more information, visit