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PowerLight Furnishes 100 kW Solar Power System for Anaheim Convention Center —
Determines Solar Power Alone Can Solve West Coast Power Crunch

Aug. 9, 2001 -/PRNewswire/

BERKELEY, Calif. -- PowerLight Corporation ( today announced shipment of a 100 kWac solar electric PowerGuard system for installation on the Anaheim Convention Center. Owned by the City of Anaheim, the system is the largest solar power system on a convention center in North America.

The system incorporates 924 PowerGuard roof tiles. PowerGuard tiles are a revolutionary concept in architecture. In addition to generating clean energy from the sun, the patented, lightweight modules insulate the building, reducing heating and air-conditioning costs, and extend the life of the roof by protecting it from the damaging effects of the weather.

"The Anaheim project is another example of how solar electric systems can solve the power crisis currently being experienced in California and other sectors," said Dan Shugar, PowerLight's Executive Vice-President. "Solar electric systems produce the greatest energy during the same long, hot summer days that cause the high summer peak demand. High summer electricity costs enable solar to be a viable option for reducing a building's most expensive energy consumption," said Mark Bronez, PowerLight Director of Major Accounts. PowerLight recently completed a study showing over 16,000 MW of solar electric systems could be sited on the roofs of commercial and industrial facilities in CA, comprising over a third of the state's total electric demand. While it would take years to complete most of this development, solar electric systems are available in just a few months from ordering for individual commercial customers. Onsite construction is completed in approximately one week.

"Now is a perfect time to start saving with solar," said Bronez. "Rebates of approximately 30% of project cost are available from the California Energy Commission if your building is within an investor-owned utility area like PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E." For the Anaheim project, about 8% of projects cost were co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Utility Photovoltaic Group's TEAM-UP program and President Clinton's Million Solar Roof initiative.

About PowerLight Corporation PowerLight was launched in 1991 and has grown to be the leading provider of grid-interactive solar power solutions for commercial and industrial consumers in the Western Hemisphere. PowerLight has completed hundreds of successful solar electric projects across North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia, incorporating a full range of innovative services from project oversight, design, and construction to facilities management.

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