Stone Brewing Co. Harnesses the Power of the Sun with Borrego Solar

Award-winning Brewery to Host 'A Celebration of Sol' Event on July 8 to Unveil 312 kW System that will Supply up to 43 Percent of Stone's Energy Needs and Save More than $3 Million in Energy Costs over its Lifetime

El Cajon, Calif.—July 1, 2008—Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., a leading designer and installer of grid-connected solar electric power systems, and Bank of America today announced that Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, Calif., one of the fastest-growing and highest-rated breweries in the U.S., has installed a 312 kW solar electric system at its brewing facility in the Escondido Research & Technology Center (ERTC). To unveil the $2.5 million system, Stone will host a launch event, "A Celebration of Sol," on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 from 6-8:30 p.m. PDT at its Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.


Executives from Stone, Borrego Solar, Bank of America and Hamann Construction will provide an overview of the project and outline for guests how innovative design and creative financing can enable any home or business to enjoy the lasting benefits of solar energy.

"Environmental conservation is a core philosophy of the Stone Brewing Co. We're always looking for opportunities to conserve energy, to incorporate sustainable design and reduce our impact on the environment. We've been interested in adding a solar electric power system since we started planning our new building in Escondido, so we were very enthused when Borrego Solar came highly recommended to us by our contractor, Hamann Construction," said Steve Wagner, President of Stone Brewing Co. "We have been very excited to work with Borrego Solar as they have exceeded our expectations; they've been very helpful, professional and made the entire project—from the initial paperwork to the actual construction—run very smoothly. We are also very thankful to Bank of America for their customized financing on this project— we knew we could count on them to craft a financing plan that maximized our benefits from the available tax incentives and utility rebates."

Stone's 312 kW system consists of 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules, placing it in the top 12 percent of solar energy systems in California in terms of size. The system will supply up to 43 percent of the brewery's energy needs. Over its lifetime, the system will save Stone more than $3 million in electricity costs and it is expected to pay for itself in just five years. The clean energy produced by the solar array will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.

"As Borrego continues to help solve the world's energy problems, the ongoing commitment from forward-thinking companies like Stone Brewing Co. is vital to secure the accelerated adoption of solar energy," said Aaron Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. "We are honored to have been selected by Stone to design and install the company's solar electric system. The array we designed for Stone uses the most efficient technologies available, ensuring the consistent production of renewable energy—and reinforcing Stone's commitment to environmental sustainability—for years to come."

Banc of America Leasing structured a 10-year lease purchase that maximized the available federal solar investment tax credits, utility incentive payments and the reduction in electricity bills to provide the $2.5 million in financing for the project as part of its $20 billion environmental initiative.

"Bank of America provides strategic and cost-effective financing solutions for renewable energy projects for our private and public sector clients," said Kate Collier, Bank of America commercial bank executive for San Diego and Orange County. "This exciting effort with Stone Brewing and Borrego Solar demonstrates that small and large businesses alike can afford to go solar, save money and reduce their carbon footprint."

Event Details:

Media interested in attending the launch event and/or speaking with Stone Brewing Co., Borrego Solar Systems or Bank of America at or prior to the event should contact Schwartz Communications at (415) 512-0770 or borregosolar@schwartz-pr.com.

What: "A Celebration of Sol," the Stone Brewing Co. solar launch event

Who: Steve Wagner, President & Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co.
Aaron Hall, CEO, Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.
Jay McCabe, Vice President and Client Manager, Bank of America
Jeff Hamann, President, Hamann Construction

Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, Calif. (directions can be found online at: www.stonebrew.com/visit/storedirections.pdf)

When: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 from 6-8:30 p.m. PDT


About Stone Brewing Co.
Founded in 1996, Stone Brewing Co. is located in Escondido, CA and is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country. Additionally, Stone Brewing is one of the highest rated breweries in the world according to both RateBeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com. For more info go to www.stonebrew.com, or call the brewery at 760.471.4999 x1500.

About Borrego Solar
Established in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. is one of the nation's leading designers and installers of commercial, residential and public sector grid-connected solar electric power systems. Borrego Solar's photovoltaic systems are efficient, reliable and cost-effective. With more than two decades of experience and more than 650 installations, Borrego Solar offers a complete line of design and installation services throughout California and New England. For more information, visit www.borregosolar.com.

About Bank of America
Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial products and services. The company's Global Corporate and Investment Banking group (GCIB) focuses on companies with annual revenues of more than $25 million, middle-market and large corporations, institutional investors, financial institutions, and government entities. GCIB provides innovative services in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital raising, lending, trading, risk management, treasury management and research. Bank of America serves clients in 175 countries and has relationships with 98 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 80 percent of the Global Fortune 500. Many of the bank's services to corporate and institutional clients are provided through its U.S. and U.K. subsidiaries, Banc of America Securities LLC and Banc of America Securities Limited. For additional information, visit www.bankofamerica.com.
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