Cape Canaveral, FL - The City of Cape Canaveral Community Center has recently opened its all-new building, complete with a state-of-the-art rooftop solar array provided by ESA. The 72-panel, 48 kW array is the City’s first rooftop solar initiative, and will provide clean energy to the Community Center, significantly reducing its carbon footprint and operating costs.

The new building, which has been in development for over five years, is the result of a partnership between the City of Cape Canaveral Community Center and ESA, who saw an opportunity to not only provide much-needed community resources, but also to promote the use of clean energy and sustainability. This system will help the City meet its decarbonization goals and power all its buildings and facilities with locally generated, clean energy by 2035 per the City’s 2021 Resiliency Action Plan.

"We are thrilled to unveil this new, state-of-the-art community center with our City’s first rooftop solar array," said Zachary Eichholz, City of Cape Canaveral Deputy Community and Economic Development Director and Sustainability Manager. "This project has been a true collaboration between our community and ESA, and we couldn't be more proud of the result. We hope that this center will be a beacon for both sustainability and resilience, as well as a gathering place for our community for years to come."

The 24,000 sq. ft. Community Center features a wide range of amenities, including a full size indoor basketball court, group fitness classroom, traverse wall, weight room, indoor walking track and a multipurpose meeting/banquet room. It will also offer a variety of programs and services for all ages, including sports, arts and crafts, and educational workshops.

Soon, ESA and the City will unveil a second new building with rooftop solar. For more information, please visit the Cape Canaveral Community Center website.

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ESA’s Enon Road Solar Farm Community Grant Program has awarded funding to five community-based organizations who are making positive impacts locally in community revitalization, environmental sustainability, education support or healthy living.

The organizations awarded were Stafford Junction, Zoe Freedom Center, 516 Project, Christian Brothers Transition Program and Youth of Promise.

“Cultivating relationships with local organizations and amplifying their impact is core to our ethos as a company. We are humbled to support such phenomenal organizations who work tirelessly every day to make Stafford County an even better place,” said Justin Vandenbroeck, executive vice president at ESA. “We are inspired by their work and look forward to doing our part to ensure that low-to-moderate income community members have pathways to economic relief from rising electricity costs.”

“With the funding support from this Enon Road Solar Farm grant, we will be able to provide experienced tutors, learning supplies, transportation, healthy meals and safe spaces to our students this coming school year,” said Stafford Junction Executive Director Mark F. Cartledge. “Stafford Junction’s Brain Builders tutoring program gives students from seven at-risk neighborhoods in Stafford County a hand up out of poverty and food insecurity through educational means.”

“This grant from ESA will ensure we can continue to meet the needs of those experiencing addiction in our community at no charge, removing any barriers to them getting the help they need,” said Zoe Freedom Center co-founders Dana and Mark Brown.

“516 Project is excited to receive this grant from ESA,” said 516 Project consultant Carl Pates. “This funding allows us to Build Access to Hope by building wheelchair ramps and handicap accessible bathrooms for families in need.”

“This grant will allow CBTP to buy auto repair tools and supplies this year instead of 2023; just in time for the surge of formerly incarcerated people released into the Stafford community,” said Christian Brothers Transition Program CEO Jack L. Richards.

“We are so excited to receive this grant that will help us support and expand quality mentoring efforts serving at-risk youth,” said Youth of Promise Executive Director Kymmollotkis Mason. “Our program focuses on healthy living and providing our youth life skills so that they can be the best version of themselves.”

ESA is in the process of developing a small community solar farm on approximately 15 acres of land in Stafford for low-to-moderate income residents who are currently Dominion Energy customers. They will be able to “subscribe” to the Enon Road Solar Farm as part of the Virginia Shared Solar Program and save money on their electric bill.

ESA has successfully developed six small community solar projects in southern Virginia.

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Orlando, FL, September 26th, 2022 - The esaSolar (ESA) brand is getting a new look as the company formally launches a platform supporting enterprise companies and utilities in accelerating clean energy adoption.  For over 10 years, ESA has been an industry leader in developing commercial solar and solar farm projects. Now, the company is repositioning the brand as a trusted solar development platform on a national scale.

The announcement includes a sleek new website and a fresh new logo, which represents the company’s focus on developing simple pathways towards clean energy adoption. While residential solar remains a core aspect of the growth for the industry, ESA is shifting focus to aggressively invest resources in delivering solutions to the C&I, community solar, and grid scale market.

“This rebrand represents a major milestone for our company, as we shift our core focus to decarbonizing the electric grid through utility scale and distributed energy solar projects,” said Lindsay Latre, Chief Executive Officer of ESA. “Our most important stakeholders are the landowners who host our solar farms. The story of developing and actualizing these massive projects is a fundamental aspect of our refreshed brand.”

Amidst the momentum of the recent passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, ESA has been growing their local team of developers, engineers, and project managers to meet the demand of a rapidly expanding customer base in 18 core markets nationwide. In the past year alone, the company has grown headcount by 250%, and entered 6 new markets growing a pipeline of over 4 GW of distributed and utility scale projects.

With more than 15% of the United States’ CO2e emissions originating from commercial buildings, ESA is dedicated to being a keystone partner in decarbonizing national real estate portfolios. By leveraging cutting edge geospatial technology, ESA is supporting C&I customers in calculating their carbon footprint and creating actionable pathways to implementing onsite solar generation or subscribing to purchase energy from offsite solar farms.

“After years of working with national clients, large and small, we have seen the growing demand for a more comprehensive approach to solar procurement and implementation. As a leading solar development platform, we are uniquely positioned to provide customers with a variety of options from on-site generation to rooftop leases, and virtual power purchase agreements,” said Morgan Brawner, Vice President of Distributed Energy for ESA.

The refreshed ESA brand and website will continue to be transitioned over the coming weeks, as well as several announcements regarding new projects.

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