Evergreen Solar panels will provide 30% of the complex's electrical needs
MARLBORO and FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Dec 22, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ESLR), a manufacturer of STRING RIBBON(TM) solar power products with its proprietary, low-cost silicon wafer manufacturing technology, announced today that its String Ribbon solar panels have been chosen for a 525-kilowatt installation at Patriot Place, a 1.3-million-square-foot shopping, dining and entertainment complex located adjacent to Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.
The system will supply approximately 30 percent of the power to the complex and more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 20 years. The system will eliminate an estimated 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year, the equivalent of removing approximately 1,600 passenger cars from the road.
In total, more than 2,800 of Evergreen Solar's ES-A series panels spanning the roofs of seven buildings will be used in the construction. One of the buildings that will house the panels is The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, an award-winning sports and educational experience that is one of the highlights of Patriot Place. These panels will be visible to fans who attend games and events at Gillette Stadium and visitors to Patriot Place's upper retail plaza.
Patriot Place, which began opening in phases in 2008, was constructed using sustainable design practices, including low-emitting construction materials and white roofs to facilitate heat island reduction. Patriot Place employs an on-site wastewater re-use system that saves millions of gallons of water annually and solar-powered trash receptacles throughout the complex that reduce waste volume and energy consumption.
"We're thrilled that Patriot Place has chosen Evergreen Solar for this highly-visible solar installation," said Alan King, Director Sales for the Americas. "As a company producing solar panels that deliver more electricity with less impact on the environment including the smallest carbon footprint, we feel we align perfectly with the environmental goals of Patriot Place while demonstrating the viability of solar power to the many patrons and fans traveling through this incredible complex."
"This project is crucial to Patriot Place's overall sustainability initiatives and we are proud to promote practical and cost-effective commercial applications of solar power," said Brian Earley, Patriot Place General Manager. "We're also proud to work with a local company like Evergreen Solar on such an important project."
The solar installation is being constructed by Baltimore-based Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group.
About Evergreen Solar, Inc.
Evergreen Solar, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets STRING RIBBON(TM) solar power products using its proprietary, low-cost wafer technology. The company's patented wafer manufacturing technology uses significantly less polysilicon than conventional processes. Evergreen Solar's products provide reliable and environmentally clean electric power for residential and commercial applications globally. For more information about the company, please visit www.evergreensolar.com.
About Patriot Place
Patriot Place, located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., features 1.3 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment options, including large and boutique retailers, 16 casual to high-end restaurants and other nightlife venues. Among the highlights of Patriot Place are New England's first Bass Pro Shops, a state-of-the-art, 14-screen Showcase Cinema De Lux, the first Showcase Live concert and event venue, the 16,000-square-foot CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, a Brigham & Women's/Mass General Health Care Facility and the Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place. With a four-star hotel, restaurants, attractions and several hundred thousand square feet of event space, Patriot Place is an ideal conference, meeting or special event destination. For more information, visit www.patriot-place.com.