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SOLON Selected as Solar Module Provider for National Grid’s 1 MW Solar Site in Haverhill, Mass.

Rivermoor Energy, Fischbach and SOLON Make “Brightfield” Happen With High-Efficiency, Ground-Mounted Solar Energy System

SOLON Corporation, one of the largest crystalline silicon solar manufacturers in the U.S. and provider of turnkey solar power plants, today announced it secured a contract from Rivermoor Energy and Fischbach & Moore, on behalf of National Grid, a leading international energy delivery company, to supply its premium quality solar modules for a one-megawatt solar photovoltaic project. National Grid’s project will provide a new “brightfield” to Haverhill, Mass.

Construction on the Haverhill project has begun by solar developer Rivermoor Energy and electrical contractor, Fischbach & Moore. The project, which will be completed in the fall of 2010, is designed to generate 1,016 kilowatts of direct current power or approximately 1,300 megawatt-hours per year. Energy production comes from 3,696 SOLON ground-mounted panels on roughly five acres.

“We are pleased to have selected the SOLON-Rivermoor Energy-Fischbach team to supply materials and expertise for our Haverhill solar site as we continue development of our solar projects under Massachusetts’ Green Communities Act,” said Fouad Dagher, renewable energy program manager for National Grid. “The project supports the solar industry both in materials and in providing green jobs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We’ve already completed one site in Whitinsville, Mass. Haverhill is next, and three more sites are underway, for a total of five megawatts of solar generation.”

“By converting a former industrial site into a next-generation solar brightfield, National Grid is taking a leadership role in the utility industry. Rivermoor Energy and our partner, Fischbach & Moore, are pleased to utilize SOLON solar modules in this project, which will advance clean, renewable energy in Massachusetts,” said John Tourtelotte, managing director, Rivermoor Energy.

“National Grid shows a commendable commitment to minimizing environmental impact and advocating solar generation,” said Dan Alcombright, regional vice president and general manager of North America for SOLON. “We are pleased to work with National Grid to expand their renewable generation development and bring quality solar power installations to Massachusetts.”

National Grid’s solar generation facility in Haverhill is estimated to save 22 tons of sulfur dioxide, 9 tons of nitrous oxides, and 16,000 tons of carbon dioxide over a 30-year period. It is capable of generating enough solar energy to annually power more than 100 homes.

More information on the project can be found by visiting: http://www.nationalgridus.com/solar/.

About SOLON Corporation

SOLON Corporation (www.SOLON.com), a subsidiary of SOLON SE and part of SOLON Group, was founded in 2007 as part of SOLON’s initiative to develop the North American market. The subsidiary has built its own production facilities in Tucson, Arizona with a capacity of over 100MWp, where it manufactures UL-certified solar modules for the N.A. market. The SOLON Group’s core business is the manufacture of solar modules in various performance categories and the construction of turnkey solar power plants. The SOLON Group employs 900 people worldwide and has subsidiaries in Germany, Austria, Italy, the U.S. and Switzerland.

SOURCE: SOLON Corporation

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