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US Postal Service Expands Alternative Energy Use

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Postal Service today announced that it will expand its use of alternative energy when solar panels are installed on the roof of a mail processing center in Los Angeles, CA, making the Postal Service facility the largest building generating electricity through solar energy in the city.

In July, Hecate Energy Central Avenue, LLC, will begin installing a solar power generation system comprised of 31,000 solar panels on the rooftop of the Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center, located at 7001 S. Central Ave.

"The solar power generation system will allow the Postal Service to meet its daylight energy consumption needs while generating revenue from excess production that will be sent to the electric grid for use by others," said Tom Samra, vice president of Facilities for the U.S. Postal Service. "This effort provides financial benefits to the Postal Service while helping the environment at the same time."

The overall project includes the installation of the solar power system on the roof of the facility and a carport canopy in the existing parking lot and will help reduce local utility costs.

The program is part of the Postal Service's overall sustainability efforts to support the environment. For additional information, please go to usps.com/green.

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CONTACT: Contact: Sue Brennan 202.268.6363 sue.brennan@usps.gov usps.com/newsSource:United States Postal Service