SOLON to Construct 15 MW Solar Power Plant for California Energy Supplier PG&E

Construction in Fresno, Calif. to Commence in April Featuring SOLON's Turnkey Plant Design and SCADA System for Remote Control and Monitoring

TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SOLON Corporation, one of the largest providers of turnkey solar power plants and manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar modules in the U.S., has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of a 15 mega-watt (MW) solar power plant in California for Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), which supplies natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people in northern and central California.


Construction of the plant will start in April 2011 and is scheduled for completion by October 2011. The system will utilize SOLON's Velocity MW cluster concept with fixed tilt mounting and SOLON's SCADA system for remote control and monitoring. The power plant will be constructed in the vicinity of Fresno in central California.

The 15 MW project is part of PG&E's 250 MW Utility Owned Generation (UOG) PV Program, a five-year plan for the construction of utility owned solar power plants. SOLON successfully constructed PG&E's pilot project in late 2009, for which it received PG&E's "Generation Supplier of the Year" award last year. This additional order enables SOLON to further expand its position as a supplier of turnkey power plant solutions for major energy suppliers in the U.S.

"SOLON is honored to be selected by PG&E to participate in its noteworthy 250 MW UOG PV Program," said Dan Alcombright, Regional Vice President and General Manager of North America for SOLON. "We take great pride in our record of successful collaborations with PG&E, in particular, the 2 MW pilot project in Vacaville, California. Our standardized Velocity system technology is designed to meet the specific needs of utilities and we have received positive partner feedback for our perfect safety record and focus on reducing total cost of system ownership. It also allows us to scale large systems very quickly, and we are thrilled to provide our project management expertise to this 15 MW project with PG&E."

About SOLON Corporation

SOLON Corporation (www.SOLON.com), a leader in utility-scale and large commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems, offers a unique combination of PV module manufacturing and power plant expertise to the North American market. SOLON delivers complete and cost-effective turnkey PV systems solutions to its partners with a streamlined approach from design and construction to financing and operation. With module manufacturing facilities in Tucson, AZ, SOLON is driven by a passion for ecological change and a commitment to providing superior solar solutions with unrivaled quality and reliability. Founded in 2007, SOLON Corporation is a subsidiary of SOLON SE, a leading international provider of solar solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale applications. SOLON SE operates subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, France and the US with more than 800 employees worldwide.

Contacts

Schwartz Communications, Inc.
Tiffany Darmetko/Dave Lipson, 781-684-0770
Fax: 781-684-6500
SOLON@schwartz-pr.com
or
SOLON Corporation
Patricia Browne, 520-647-8754
Fax: 520-807-4046
patricia.browne@solon.com

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