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Martifer Solar, New Generation Power and Partners Bidding 200 MW of Renewable Energy Projects for Detroit Edison RFP

DETROIT, Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Generation Power Michigan, LLC announced today that it is bidding 100 MW of solar renewable energy and 100 MW of wind renewable energy projects for a total of 200 MW of renewable energy projects for Detroit Edison Company's RFP. The projects are estimated to cost between $650 and $700 million dollars and will bring green investment and quality jobs to Michigan.
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

DETROIT, Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- New Generation Power Michigan, LLC announced today that it is bidding 100 MW of solar renewable energy and 100 MW of wind renewable energy projects for a total of 200 MW of renewable energy projects for Detroit Edison Company's RFP. The projects are estimated to cost between $650 and $700 million dollars and will bring green investment and quality jobs to Michigan.

The New Generation Power Michigan Team includes the following major members:

  • New Generation Power is the prime contractor and manages the renewable energy system
  • Patriot Solar will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction and racking materials for PV solar projects
  • Martifer Solar USA will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction for PV solar projects
  • Windemuller Electric will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction for wind generation projects
  • Starr Commonwealth provides the land to build solar and wind facilities
  • Wanxiang America provides solar PV panels Made in USA
  • Solar Street Lights USA provides solar engineering
  • Anderson Environmental & Engineering provides environmental permitting and assessments 

"We are excited to have such an extraordinary team," said Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria, President of New Generation Power. "Our team recognizes the initiative launched by DTE Energy and Detroit Edison to expand the renewable energy space in Michigan, and we will provide cutting-edge, world-class photovoltaic solar power and wind generation systems to Detroit Edison and their customers."

A portion of the projects' profits will go Starr Commonwealth to enhance their mission of providing positive environments where children flourish through programs for at-risk youth in Michigan, Ohio and nationally. The New Generation Power Michigan team will also provide internships, learning opportunities and employment for Starr Commonwealth youth.

"This collaboration presents significant opportunities for the people of south central Michigan, and we are particularly excited about the potential opportunities it would create for the young people served by Starr Commonwealth," said Martin L. Mitchell, Starr Commonwealth President and CEO.

The projects are located in and around Albion, Michigan and will be able to generate enough electricity to power over 28,500 homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions at a rate of 283,000 tons annually, equivalent to the emissions from over 47,000 cars.

New Generation Power Michigan partnered with Michigan based and Michigan affiliated companies to utilize local resources to create and retain jobs for the Michigan work force. New Generation Power Michigan estimates that approximately 500 jobs will either be saved or created in the Albion market alone as well as thousands of other jobs across the country, including design services and manufacturing.

"Again, we locked up the funding, we'll break ground this fall and put hundreds of Michigan construction workers back on the job, " said Michael Pontarelli, Senior Vice President of Environmental Development.

New Generation Power is also currently building an up to 62 MW Rockford Solar Project, the largest PV solar development in the Midwest and one of the largest in the United States.

Albion, Michigan-based Patriot Solar Group brings innovation and expertise in engineering and manufacturing solar trackers and mounts and will provide engineering, procurement and construction and supply tracking and mounting materials for PV solar projects.

"I am extremely proud to be a vital member of this outstanding team that New Generation has assembled. This project would display the urgency with bringing new and innovated jobs to Michigan," said President of Patriot Solar Group, Jeff Mathie. "Being that Patriot's manufacturing facility is located here in Albion, MI, this gives our team the advantage of low shipping costs and higher Michigan content of locally manufactured goods than any other company."  

Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, has installed over 100MW of solar worldwide and will bring demonstrated performance to providing engineering, procurement, and construction for the projects.

"Martifer is very excited to be part of an opportunity that would not only generate job growth, but would also provide the people of Michigan a substantial amount of renewable energy for many years to come," said Raffi Agopian, CEO of Martifer Solar USA, Inc.

Windemuller will bring extensive experience in wind renewable system development and will provide engineering, procurement and construction for wind generation projects.

"Windemuller Electric is very please and proud to be associated with such a credible and dynamic group of forward thinking renewable energy companies," said Jim Rose, Vice President of Windemuller Electric, Inc.

New Generation Power Michigan Team will stimulate the economy, create jobs and provide clean energy as mandated by Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.



New Generation Power LLC, headquartered in Chicago, IL and is the parent company of New Generation Power Michigan LLC, develops and manages renewable energy projects worldwide and supplies green energy to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Our team has decades of experience marketing power from supplier to consumer and extensive experience managing the financial complexities of the energy industry. New Generation Power has extensive expertise constructing electrical generating facilities, utilizing the latest solar power technology, producing and selling electricity through strong distribution networks, optimizing the wholesale and retail price differential of renewable energy, structuring financing through federal and state incentives, project finance, and originating and monitoring Renewable Energy Credits.


Los Angeles based Martifer Solar USA, () specializes in the design, engineering and installation of residential, commercial and industrial-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric systems and components. Martifer Solar USA has been installing systems within the U.S. since 2001. Martifer Solar is a division of the Martifer Group, (), a publicly traded construction and renewable energy company. To date, Martifer Solar has over 130MW of solar assets worldwide.


Patriot Solar Group, based in Albion, Michigan, provides a broad range of solar tracking systems, pole mount systems and a complete line of distribution solar products designed for easy and quick installations. Patriot delivers improved performance, consistent quality and lower production costs while delivering the highest levels of performance and reliability in excess of 100 mph wind-loading conditions. Patriot systems are designed and manufactured in Michigan. 


Founded in 1954 as an electrical contractor, Windemuller since then has expanded to electrical services and specializes in industrial, commercial and institutional electrical construction, electrical service, communications systems, automation services, information technology services and outdoor utilities. Windemuller also offers design/build services and a 24x7 service department. With offices located in Wayland, Michigan, Traverse City, Michigan, and satellite offices in Big Rapids, Harbor Springs and Whitehall; Windemuller employs over 180 people, has annual revenues of more than $32 million, and serves clients based throughout the Midwest.

ABOUT Starr Commonwealth

Starr Commonwealth is internationally recognized as a leader in transformational programs for children, families, schools and communities. Founded in 1913, Starr's treatment philosophy is rooted in seeing something good in every child, which serves as the guiding principle in its strength-based approach. Starr offers a full spectrum of community-based early intervention and prevention services along with specialized residential programs. Through the Starr Institute of Training, parents, clinicians, educators and childcare professionals now have access to Starr's highly successful and innovative techniques aimed at bringing out the best in every child. For more information, visit .


Wanxiang America Corporation, headquartered in Elgin, IL, is the U.S. subsidiary of Wanxiang Group Companies, one of the largest companies in China with $12 billion in revenues. Wanxiang currently has 4,600 employees in the U.S. and over 45,000 worldwide. Wanxiang Solar is a major player in renewable energy production, including wind and solar, and is the largest manufacturer of medium/large size silicon ingot and wafer cutting in China, has total 800 MW solar cell and panel production capacity manufacturing in both China and US.


Solar Street Lights USA is a Holland, Michigan based certified Women's Business Enterprise and manufacturer of high quality, engineered systems that include off-utility grid solar-electric power systems and solar lighting.  Their systems are engineered for long-term and reliable performance with little or no maintenance. The systems are designed for a wide range of physical and operating environments and are installed in rural, suburban and metropolitan areas worldwide.

ABOUT Anderson Environmental & Engineering, Co.

Anderson Environmental and Engineering is a woman-owned business providing environmental consulting and engineering services with over 50 years of experience. Anderson has served clients in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and California. Anderson's experience in Michigan includes Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Baseline Environmental Assessments, and other site specific permitting needs on numerous complex sites in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.  Anderson's client list includes local government agencies, commercial developers, industrial facilities, attorney and lawyers throughout the United States.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements about the future expectations of New Generation Power Michigan, LLC, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. New Generation Power Michigan intends that such forward-looking statements shall be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. Since these statements involve certain risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, New Generation Power Michigan's actual results could differ materially from expected results.


New Generation Power - Yeye Zhang, 312-912-5684,

New Generation Power Michigan -Ania Kuna, 773-562-7642,

Patriot Solar Group – Sarah Coffey, 517-629-9292 ext. 115,

Martifer Solar USA -Andra Lewis, 310 820 7080,

Wanxiang America - Daniel Li, 847-628-8645,

Windemuller Electric - Daryl Holwerda, 616-877-8770,

Starr Commonwealth - Dana Jacob, 517-630-2312,

Anderson Environmental & Engineering - Jennifer Anderson, 815-962-9000 ext. 23,

Solar Street Lights – Craig Brumels, 616-399-6173,

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