Charles Paddock Zoo Adds Solar Energy System

The solar energy system was donated and installed last summer by local solar installer, Solarponics.

Atascadero, CA, USA — The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero adds solar energy system as part of their ongoing conservation mission. They join other zoo’s including; Cincinnati Zoo, Toledo Zoo, Knoxville Zoo, Saint Louis Zoo, Oakland Zoo, and San Diego Zoo, who have made a similar move to renewable energy.

The solar energy system was donated and installed last summer by local solar installer, Solarponics. The starter solar energy system produces about 5% of the zoo’s total energy demand and will save the zoo more than $75,000 over the life of the system. The ultimate goal is to install a solar array large enough to supply 100% of the zoo’s energy needs, saving hundred’s of thousands of dollars, savings that will go directly to the conservation and care of the zoo’s residents.

“We are excited about the future of our Zoo, adding solar, and upgrading our facilities to better manage the animal collection and enhance the experience for our zoo visitors,” said Alan Baker, zoo executive director. “We are dedicated to the conservation of local and exotic species in everything we do, including our entire energy and environmental footprint.”

Globally, the burning of fossil fuels releases carbon and other pollutants into the air, which directly contribute to climate change. It is these changes to our climate that are destroying critical wildlife habitat, causing habitat ranges to shift, increasing incidence of pests and invasive species, and decreasing availability of food and water. A failure to take decisive action now to reduce carbon pollution will affect one-third of all wildlife species facing increased risk of extinction within the next century.

The good news is the zoo is taking action to advance clean energy solutions that will protect wildlife and reduce their environmental impact.

“It was a great fit for us to be able to donate the starter system to the zoo. The donation supports our local community, builds solar awareness, and fits with the zoo’s conservation goals”, said Kristian Emrich, Solarponics Vice President.

Visitors are invited to Party For The Planet on Saturday, April 13 to check out the new solar energy system on the roof of the zoo’s gift shop, and learn about conservation programs happening at the zoo and throughout the central coast. Doors open at 10:00 AM.

About The Charles Paddock Zoo
The Charles Paddock Zoo was established in 1955 by Charles Paddock, a county parks ranger, who nursed animals back to health. Today the zoo is home to hundreds of local and exotic species from around the world. Many of the zoo residents are part of globally managed programs to preserve animals and their habitats. The zoo is located on five wooded acres, and is family friendly with the opportunity for children and adults to experience animals up close. The Charles Paddock Zoo is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, placing them in an elite group of only 220 accredited institutions in North America. For hours, admission prices, events, visit http://www.charlespaddockzoo.org.

About Solarponics
Solarponics was founded in 1975 by Cal Poly engineering graduate, Mike Emrich, and is the oldest continuously operating solar energy company in California. Today, Solarponics installs solar electric, battery backup, EV charging systems, radiant heating & cooling, solar pool heating, water conservation and LED Commercial lighting for residential and commercial projects on the central coast. Their vision for the central coast is for every building to have a net-zero energy and resource consumption footprint. Visit http://www.solarponics.com or call (805) 466-5595 for more information.

Media Contact:
Frank Scotti
Solarponics, Inc.
805-466-5595
frank@solarponics.com
http://www.solarponics.com

Ciel & Terre Completes Two New Floating Solar Projects in California and Colorado with Others Under Construction and Planned in U.S.

New Floating Solar Projects for Walden and Salad Cosmo Use Manmade Ponds for Cost-Effective Solar Power Using Ciel & Terre Patented Floating Photovoltaic Technology.

Petaluma, CA, USA — Ciel & Terre USA (http://www.ciel-et-terre.net), innovators in floating solar power systems, today announced the completion of two new floating solar projects. A municipal floating solar project in Walden, Colorado, and a private floating solar project for Salad Cosmo in Dixon, California, are producing cost-effective solar power to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Other larger projects are under construction and planned in the U.S.

The Town of Walden, Colorado, faced a challenge with rising energy costs, and by partnering with Johnson Controls on a performance contract, which was supported by Colorado Energy Office, Department of Local Affairs, and GRID Alternatives, the town installed a 75kW floating solar system with Ciel & Terre technology capable of potentially completely powering the town’s drinking water facility in certain months. The $400,000 project included a town-wide energy audit and a $200,000 investment from the town. Estimates are that Walden will save $10,000 per year in energy costs.

“The floating solar array is a milestone for the Town of Walden and highlights the potential for Colorado’s overall energy efforts,” said Rowena Adams, Performance Infrastructure™ account executive at Johnson Controls. “It was a practical choice for Walden given the surrounding bodies of water and the town’s energy resiliency efforts at the Town Water Treatment Facility, as well as the desire to conserve water and minimize algae growth. At Johnson Controls, we are always looking for sustainable environments to work with and Walden has become a prime example of what can be achieved through strong partnerships.”

“We were excited to be a part of Colorado’s first floating solar installation,” said Jake Bobrow, Project Manager for GRID Alternatives. “Having installed many ground and roof mounted systems, we were also delighted with how easy Ciel & Terre’s system was to assemble and install.”

Salad Cosmo USA, a family-owned bean sprout producer in Dixon, California, has made an environment commitment that includes using recyclable packaging, composting waste products for use in the fields, and irrigating with waste water. As part of that commitment, Salad Cosmo wanted a sustainable energy solution for production and hired Sky Power Solar of San Ramon, California, to install a 600 kWp floating solar plant using Ciel & Terre’s floating photovoltaic technology.

“Placing a solar system on our farm land would have reduced the yield of our agricultural products that we need from that land. And in summer time the temperature of the panels does not rise on the water as much as it would on the land, and that improves the solar panel efficiency,” said Masahiro Nakada, CEO OF Salad Cosmo U.S.A Corp.

“The Ciel & Terre solution enabled Salad Cosmo to utilize the surface area of the pond, saving land for more productive uses. The system is easy to install and well-engineered,” said Bob Winn, President of Sky Power Solar. “We look forward to doing more of these projects.”

“These two installations demonstrate that floating solar has become a compelling energy solution for both municipal water treatment and private industry anywhere in the U.S.,” said Eva Pauly-Bowles, Representative Director for Ciel & Terre USA, Inc. “With demand for solar power continuing to rise and available real estate becoming more expensive, floating solar is the ideal solution for anyone with a manmade pond or body of water. It’s cost-effective, quick to install, easy to maintain, and offers a variety of environmental benefits. Floating solar is no longer an exotic niche in the US, but a rapidly growing sector of the solar market. Ciel & Terre USA has other larger floating solar projects under construction and planned across the country.”

Deploying a floating solar array on manmade bodies of water improves energy production by keeping the solar system cooler. At the same time it reduces evaporation, controls algae growth, and reduces water movement to minimize bank erosion. Floating solar arrays also make optimal use of pond surfaces, providing clean solar energy without committing expensive real estate or requiring rooftop installations.

About Ciel & Terre
Established in 2006 as a renewable Independent Power Producer (IPP), Ciel & Terre has been fully devoted to floating solar PV since 2011. The French company pioneered Hydrelio®, the first specific and industrialized system to make solar panels float on water, with criteria such as cost-effectiveness, safety, longevity, resistance to winds and waves, simplicity, drinking water compliance, and optimized electrical yield.

Ciel & Terre has floating solar installations in Japan, Korea, China, UK, France, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Taiwan as well as the United States. The company has its United States headquarters in Petaluma, California.

For more information, visit http://www.ciel-et-terre.net.

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Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing
415.842.7398
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Ciel & Terre Delivers First California Public Floating Solar System for Lake County Special Districts – Kelseyville County Waterworks, Dist. #3

International Innovator in “Floatovoltaic” Technology Enables 252kW Clean Energy Project by Floating 720 Solar Panels on Kelseyville Wastewater Treatment Pond.

Kelseyville, CA, USA — Ciel & Terre USA (http://www.ciel-et-terre.net), innovators in floating solar power systems, today announced completion of a new 252 kW floating photovoltaic power system for the Lake County Special Districts on behalf of Kelseyville County Waterworks Dist. #3 in partnership with local contractor North Coast Solar. Financed by a municipal lease, the Ciel & Terre® Hydrelio solar power system is being floated on a man-made wastewater treatment pond in Kelseyville and is expected to produce up to 1,650 kWh in its first year.

This is the first public floating solar power system installed in California. The installation itself consists of 720 floating solar panels mounted together and delivering electrical power safely to shore using solar optimizers provided by SolarEdge to maximize inverter output. The municipal lease for the installation gives the county positive cash flow starting the first year, so no cash investment was required to pay for the system. Once the Kelseyville solar installation proves successful, the Lake County Special District is considering installing additional floating solar power systems around the county.

“We are excited to be able to take advantage of clean energy using Ciel & Terre’s floating solar systems,” said Jan Coppinger, Special Districts Administrator for Lake County. “We didn’t have available land or rooftop space suitable for this project, but our wastewater treatment pond had enough surface area to accommodate a sizable solar system. Floating is a great way to control algae growth in the pond at the same time we generate virtually free energy. All costs to provide utilities continue to increase, which forces Special Districts to seek out and implement any means possible to reduce future costs. This floating solar system will result in significant savings in future years.”

Floating solar is an ideal solution for any utility district since it generates clean energy at the same time it provides other water conservation benefits. Floating a solar array on man-made bodies of water improves energy production by keeping the solar system cooler. At the same time it reduces evaporation, controls algae growth, and reduces water movement to minimize bank erosion. It also makes optimal use of pond surfaces, providing clean solar energy without committing expensive real estate or requiring rooftop installations.

“Municipal water districts, wineries, farms, and others want to adopt solar but they don’t want to commit land that could be used for other purposes,” said Eva Pauly-Bowles, Representative Director for Ciel & Terre USA, Inc. “Installing floating solar systems gives them ready access to green energy while helping them manage their water resources. We expect we will see more demand for floating solar systems, especially in light of California’s commitment to produce only carbon-free electricity by 2045.”

The Kelseyville project is only one of four floating solar power installations being completed this summer using the patented Ciel & Terre® Hydrelio system in Q3 2018 delivering 5.3 MW.

About Ciel & Terre
Established in 2006 as a renewable Independent Power Producer (IPP), Ciel & Terre has been fully devoted to floating solar PV since 2011. The French company pioneered Hydrelio®, the first specific and industrialized system to make solar panels float on water, with criteria such as cost-effectiveness, safety, longevity, resistance to winds and waves, simplicity, drinking water compliance, and optimized electrical yield.

Ciel & Terre has floating solar installations in Japan, Korea, China, UK, France, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Taiwan as well as the United States. The company has its United States headquarters in Petaluma, California.

For more information, visit http://www.ciel-et-terre.net.

Media Contact:
Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing
415.842.7398
tomw@woolfmedia.com

City of Paso Robles Reaches 1,000 Solar Home Installs

Last month, Paso Robles resident Dan Robinson applied for a solar energy permit. Little did he know that his application would be the 1,000th alternative energy permit filed in the city of Paso Robles.

Atascadero, CA, USA — Last month, Paso Robles resident Dan Robinson decided he wanted to save money and do the right thing when he called Solarponics and applied for a solar energy permit to install solar on his home. Little did he know that his application would be the 1,000th alternative energy permit filed in the city of Paso Robles. With Mr. Robinson’s solar install, Paso became the first city to reach 1,000 installs in San Luis Obispo county.

“These seven panels on my roof can do the same for me as a multi-billion dollar power plant… with no pollution,” says Mr. Robinson. “Solar makes so much sense on so many levels. It’s the right way to go.”

Solar energy first became popular in the late 1970’s when President Carter installed solar water heating panels on the White House. At the time, electric rates hovered around a low of 5¢/kWh. Solar electric and solar water heating systems were still quite a bit more expensive than ulitily-purchased energy.

Since the mid, California has seen a nearly 300% increase in the price of energy, currently averaging 19¢/kWh, while solar energy prices have dropped significantly, making solar electric far more affordable than grid-tied energy today.

Nationally, solar installs in the U.S. have grown from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 34GW today. Paso Robles has gone from under 20kW of solar installs in 2008 to over 6 megawatts (MW) of residential solar today. This equates to more than $50 million in collective energy savings for Paso Robles homeowners over the next 20 years.

“Even with the recently imposed solar panel tariffs, solar energy continues to be a significant money-saver. The more energy rates increase, the more solar makes sense. And rates are always increasing.” says Kristian Emrich, Solarponics vice-president.

To celebrate the 1,000th residential solar energy install in Paso Robles, Solarponics is donating solar powered systems for electric golf carts to north county schools, and converting those electric golf carts to solar-power.

“Five years ago, we could not have imagined reaching this milestone…1,000 solar roofs in Paso… 10,000 county-wide. And now, here we are. Our vision is to see renewable energy systems on every single structure in the county. So, there’s a lot of work to do still,” says Mr. Emrich.

About Solarponics
Solarponics is the Central Coast’s go-to renewable energy installer, helping businesses and homeowners save money and achieve energy independence. Solarponics has installed over 5,000 energy systems throughout the county since 1975. The longest continuously owned and operated solar company in California, Solarponics is still privately owned and locally operated. For more information, visit http://www.solarponics.com, or like them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/solarponics).

Media Contact:
Frank Scotti
Solarponics, Inc.
805-466-5595
frank@solarponics.com
http://www.solarponics.com

SolaTrim LLC Announces Labor-Saving Addition to Product Line

SolaTrim LLC announced today that another barrier size option will be added to their product line.

Sacramento, CA, USA — Due to an increasing demand, SolaTrim LLC announced today that another barrier size option will be added to their product line. In addition to the original ST-001, SolaTrim is now offering the ST-055, similar in design, but with a 5.5″ width – a full inch and a quarter narrower than the standard 6.75″ wide ST-001.

“We’ve had increasing requests for a barrier size that could be readily applied to the solar array perimeter without trimming the barrier aluminum width to fit a uniform 5.5 inches. We are currently supplying a solar installer in Long Island who requested a high volume of this narrower size, and they have reported great success. We thought it only natural to add the ST-055 to our product line so other installers using similar racking and offsets could take advantage of this labor-saving convenience,” said Bob Smith, President of SolaTrim LLC.

About SolaTrim
SolaTrim pest, debris and environmental protection barrier is manufactured in Northern California and all materials used in production are made in the USA. For more information about SolaTrim, go to http://www.solatrim.com or send your questions to info@solatrim.com.

SolaTrim LLC strives to provide residential solar integrators and consumers with an affordable, attractive and dependable product that will enhance, maintain and protect their renewable energy investment for decades to come. It is our goal at SolaTrim to continue to develop and manufacture Made in the USA solar Aftermarket and BOS products that will improve and support America’s solar initiative.

Media Contact:
Bob Smith
SolaTrim
916-292-8699
bsmith@solatrim.com
http://www.solatrim.com

SolaTrim™ Adds National Solar Distributors Inc. as Third Canadian Supplier for Innovative Solar Protective Barriers

More Canadian Solar Installers Adopt SolaTrim Protection System to Aid Compliance with Recent Pest Abatement Subrule Added to Canadian Electrical Code.

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Sacramento, CA, USA — SolaTrim™ LLC (http://www.solatrim.com), innovators in protective barriers to beautify and safeguard residential solar systems, has signed National Solar Distributors of Edmonton, Alberta, (NSD, http://www.nationalsolar.ca) as the company’s third Canadian distributor this year. NSD will be offering SolaTrim’s solar panel protection system to residential solar system integrators across Canada.

Known as “Canada’s Friendly Solar Distributor”, National Solar Distributors is a wholesale distributor of photovoltaic systems and components with more than 25 years of combined solar experience. National Solar carries a wide array of products for residential and commercial solar installations, including industrial and small off-grid installations. The company maintains a carefully cultivated inventory of high-quality, reliable, and innovative products as part of their commitment to deliver the right products at the right time at a great price. SolaTrim protective barriers are now part of the NSD product catalogue.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing on the SolaTrim product. Installers have been knocking down our doors for an attractive and robust solution to comply with new pest protection rules, and SolaTrim definitely covers all of those bases. When a homeowner commits to 25+ years of a PV system, it has to look and perform well, and SolaTrim is a big part of that.” said Matthew Lannigan, Managing Director of National Solar Distributors. “For us, it’s night and day between this any anything else on the market. This is a unique product that addresses a variety of solar installation issues and we know it will be a hit with our customers.”

SolaTrim is an all-weather aluminum barrier applied to rooftop solar array perimeters to prevent pests from nesting under the solar panels while providing a clean, finished look to any solar installation. SolaTrim provides an out-of-the-box solution that complies with the changes to Rule 50-018 of the 2015 CE Code – Part 1, which will require photovoltaic source circuits installed on or above a building to be protected against damage from rodents unless DC arc-fault protection is located at the module. An Appendix B note has also been added indicating that material such as expanded metal, solid metal, and screening can be used to enclose photovoltaic source circuit conductors as protection against damage from rodents.” (http://www.electricalindustry.ca/latest-news/1184-2015-ce-code-part-2-changes)

The SolaTrim panels come with a peel-and-stick adhesive that attaches permanently to the solar modules and requires no screws, clips or fasteners that could either fail, negatively affect the system’s appearance, or void the solar module manufacturers’ warranty. SolaTrim’s panels are stiffened by design to resist warping or bending and diamond-stamped to facilitate airflow. The adhesive has been tested to withstand extreme weather conditions, is engineered to permanently prevent birds and rodents from nesting under the solar array, and is designed to last for the life of the system.

“This is the third Canadian distribution agreement we have reached in recent months,” said Bob Smith, co-founder and President of SolaTrim. “We’re pleased to see a growing demand for our protective barrier across Canada as more solar installers appreciate the SolaTrim concept: an aesthetic barrier that can protect and beautify rooftop solar systems, prevent rodent infestation, and even resist winter ice dams and snow loads. This is definitely something Canadian Solar companies can use. SolaTrim is a great addition to any system, but with the new Electrical Code revision in effect, we are prepared to see a steady increase in demand for SolaTrim protective panels from National Solar Distributors along with our other Canadian partners.”

About National Solar Distributors
Founded in 2014 by experienced solar professionals, National Solar Distributors is a wholesale distributor of Solar PV components. Their mission is to meet the needs of the Solar Industry all across Canada for a wide variety of solar energy applications. The company carries a range of high quality modules and hardware for installers across Canada. National Solar Distributors is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information, visit http://www.nationalsolar.ca.

About SolaTrim
SolaTrim LLC is an innovator in providing new solutions to protect and beautify residential solar systems as well as protect the homeowner solar investment. The SolaTrim barrier system adds an attractive skirting to rooftop solar arrays while protecting the system from pests, debris and other environmental threats. Solar integrators across the country are turning to SolaTrim as a permanent solution that will beautify rooftop solar while reducing unnecessary service & warranty calls.

Headquartered in Sacramento, California, SolaTrim is committed to developing affordable, dependable, and attractive made-in-the-USA solar aftermarket products to support America’s renewable energy initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.solatrim.com.

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Tom Woolf, Public Relations
Palmer Ad Agency
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SunGreen Systems Completes Construction of 183 kW Solar PV System and Sustainable LED Lighting for Mortech Manufacturing

Combination of LED Lights and Solar Power Results in Green Lighting System with Substantial Energy Savings.

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Azusa, CA, USA (February 6, 2016) — SunGreen Systems (http://www.sungreensystems.com), experts in the design and construction of commercial solar systems and sustainable, smart energy solutions, will participate in today’s official ribbon-cutting of the new PV system for Mortech Manufacturing, makers of quality anatomy equipment and instruments for post-mortem facilities. The ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held at Mortech’s facility here is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and marks the culmination of a successful SunGreen Systems design and build project, where SunGreen was able to help Mortech Manufacturing realize substantial savings through a combination of sustainable solar power and LED lighting.

SunGreen Systems designed and installed a premium 183.4 kW solar array for Mortech Manufacturing. The solar system, one of the largest array in Azusa, will offset nearly 100 percent of Mortech’s total building electrical load. As part of the installation, SunGreen working in conjunction with LED Power Saver of Santa Clarita, Calif., also installed LED lighting to replace 900 conventional lamps, resulting in a savings of 50 percent of the lighting energy cost at an estimated annual savings of $19,000 in energy and maintenance costs. In fact, because of the substantial savings from the LED lighting system, SunGreen Systems was able to specify a smaller PV system to meet Mortech’s energy needs at considerable savings.

“This ribbon-cutting marks the completion of a showcase project for SunGreen Systems,” said Rick Hsu, CEO of SunGreen Systems. “The combination of solar power and low-energy LED lighting not only saves energy, it delivers better quality, broader spectrum lighting without glare or discoloration. LED lighting boosts the mood of the Mortech staff at the same time it saves on operational overhead.”

By adopting renewable solar energy and LED lighting, Mortech will eliminate 1,257,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually, 4,192 pounds of sulfur dioxide. 2.096 pounds of nitrogen dioxide, and 3,753 grams of mercury from florescent lamps. The positive environmental impact is the equivalent of planting 145 acres of trees or removing 96 automobiles from the roads.

About SunGreen Systems
SunGreen Systems offers sustainable energy solutions including commercial solar energy, LED lighting, cool roof systems, and battery backup power systems. The SunGreen Systems serves as solar and energy consultants to their clients with a team of renewable energy consultants, designers, engineers, architects, general contractors, and customer service specialists.

For more information about SunGreen Systems and its comprehensive smart energy services, visit http://www.sungreensystems.com.

Media Contact:
John Hoffman
SunGreen Systems
626-851-0008
johnhoffman@sungreensystems.com
http://www.sungreensystems.com