Willdan Selected to Deliver Three Maryland Energy Programs for FirstEnergy

Feb 4, 2021 | Press Release

ANAHEIM, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WLDN) announced today that FirstEnergy Corp. has awarded Willdan a contract to continue implementing the Small Business Solutions – Direct Install Program in Maryland and to launch two new programs: Retro-Commissioning / Building Operations and Custom New Construction. This three-year contract expands Willdan’s services from the direct installation of lighting and refrigeration measures to now include real-time energy modeling (with Willdan’s Net Energy Optimizer® software), building tune-ups, advanced rooftop controls, monitoring-based commissioning, and other energy-saving services.

Willdan opened its first office in Maryland in 2018 to support FirstEnergy’s Small Business Solutions – Direct Install Program. Despite challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Willdan successfully exceeded the program’s 2018-2020 savings goal, which was three times larger than the previous program cycle. The Building Tune-Up Program and New Construction Program are the first of its kind for FirstEnergy.

“We’re thankful for this opportunity to broaden our reach with FirstEnergy’s commercial customers, helping both existing and new buildings save energy, ” said Tom Brisbin, Willdan’s CEO and Chairman. “Our trusted, local team will continue to work closely with in-house engineers and subject matter experts to offer an easy, seamless experience with maximum savings. ”

About FirstEnergy
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability, and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.

About Willdan
Willdan is a nationwide provider of professional technical and consulting services to utilities, government agencies, and private industry. Willdan’s service offerings span a broad set of complementary disciplines that include electric grid solutions, energy efficiency and sustainability, engineering and planning, and municipal financial consulting. For additional information, visit Willdan's website at www.willdan.com.

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Stacy McLaughlin
Chief Financial Officer

Al Kaschalk
VP Investor Relations