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'Energy Independence Challenge' Taking Proposals

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A competition focusing on energy efficiency for Hoosier high schools is accepting applications. The "2013 Energy Independence Challenge" will involve student teams proposing innovation and conservation projects aimed at improving their schools.

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February 18, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Telamon Corporation and Johnson Melloh Solutions, two Indianapolis-based companies focused on financing, designing, constructing, and operating renewable energy facilities, and the Indianapolis Airport Authority are launching the "2013 Energy Independence Challenge" sponsored by General Energy Solutions Inc. (GES). This new competition will be open to Indiana high school students, grades 9 through 12, to encourage innovation in energy conservation.

"This exciting new program will bring together students, teachers and faculty advisors to generate ideas for change and, ultimately, improve the quality of schools throughout the state," said Eric Tate, Executive Vice President of Telamon Energy Solutions. "It provides an ideal opportunity to address specific challenges and plans for improvement."

As part of the competition, entrant teams of 2-4 students will be asked to submit a plan or proposal for how their school can be more efficient in its use of energy - the core to becoming more energy independent. Younger students can take part if accompanied by students from grades 9-12. Overseen by a school faculty member, staff advisor or sponsor, each team will be required to submit a detailed essay that explains their proposed change and recommended plan of action. Tables, charts, references and other supplemental materials will be expected to explain the research and analysis that were completed.

"There is no limit to the types of recommendations these students can submit, as energy is underlying in almost everything," says Travis Murphy, Director of Marketing, Johnson Melloh Solutions. "They may address issues ranging from recycling, how best to transport students to school or even the incorporation of renewable energy. There are just an infinite number of ways our school systems can be more energy conscious."

"GES is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Energy Independence Challenge. We look forward to helping students build a brighter, greener future for their schools and local communities," said Jack Chen, Managing Director of General Energy Solutions USA.
An Energy Independence Management Team will serve as judges for the competition.
Winners will be announced in June. The school of the winning team will be awarded $15,000 in order to implement the proposed plan. The team will also be recognized at the 2013 Commissioning Event for the 15 megawatt solar power installation. The winning submission will be featured at the Indianapolis International Airport in conjunction with the solar display. The team members of the four first place grade level winners will also be awarded with an Off-Grid Solar Backpack.

To learn more about "2013 Energy Independence Challenge" and to receive specific eligibility and submission guidelines, email solarcompetition@indsolarfarm.com. Teams must register by March 31, 2013. Submission deadline is May 31, 2013.


The IND Solar Farm is the largest planned airport solar farm in North America. Construction is set to begin in March 2013 at the entrance to the Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The IND Solar Farm is a significant public-private partnership that includes the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), the City of Indianapolis, and privately held businesses Telamon Corporation, Johnson Melloh Solutions, General Energy Solutions Inc. (GES) and the Indianapolis Power & Light Company. Upon its completion, this $35-$40 million dollar alternative energy project will cover 75 acres of land, comprise more than 41,000 solar panels, and will have the capacity to produce enough renewable energy to prevent approximately 10,700 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment each year. For more information on IND Solar Farm, visit the farmís website at indsolarfarm.com and the IND Solar Farm Facebook page.


Telamon Corporation's goal is to simplify business. Telamon specializes in solutions for telecommunications, business transactions, energy, assembly, and logistics for medical material. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Telamon operates in ten locations - eight domestic and two international. Telamon, the Greek word for "support," is uniquely positioned as a minority-owned company. Telamon continuously exceeds customer expectations and standards and has been recognized globally through numerous awards and certifications. For more information, visit Telamonís website at www.telamon.com.


Formed in response to the growing need of an energy services company that can self-perform, Johnson Melloh Solutions (JMS) focuses on energy conservation services and general contracting for customer classes, ranging from residential renewable energy offerings to energy savings contracting for school systems to large-scale industrial energy plant management and service. JMS develops a holistic evaluation of their customersí energy infrastructure and then has the wherewithal to implement the ideas. For more information, visit JMS's website at www.johnsonmellohsolutions.com.


The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana's largest airport system. In addition to Indianapolis International Airport, its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport, and Metropolitan Airport. IND has received several prestigious awards recognizing it as a leader within its class, including annual Airport Service Quality awards for performance excellence by Airports Council International. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED certification for an entire terminal campus, and the airport has won recognition for excellent customer service, concessions programs, and art and architecture.

IND's economic impact in Central Indiana is more than $4.5 billion annually, and about 10,000 people work at the airport each day. IND serves more than 7 million business and leisure travelers each year and averages 141 daily flights to 33 nonstop destinations. Home of the world's second-largest FedEx Express operation and the nation's eighth-largest cargo facility, IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service. For more information, visit IND's Facebook page at Indianapolis International Airport and Twitter page at @INDairport.


As the Earth has limited energy resources, countries around the world aim for environmental protection and energy conservation. GES is committed to environmental protection and offering system solutions for clean, highly-efficient green energy. GES possesses strong technical and production management strength, specializing in the production of quality solar cell modules with a competitive advantage - value chain control of both upper and lower streams for high-quality products. GES offers end-to-end products and solutions. GES utilizes the existing technical advantage, cost advantage, and new product and process development capabilities in order to offer quality products to the energy market. GES is continuing to develop and invest in renewable energy system solutions for greener, cleaner energy and the environment. For more information, please visit GES's website at www.gesyw.com.

Sources: Telamon Corp., Johnson Melloh Solutions, Indianapolis International Airport

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