SolarOne Solutions Issued 3rd U.S. Patent

Latest Patent Covers High Efficiency Lighting Characteristics of SolarOne's SO-Bright® Technology

NEEDHAM, Ma.—SolarOne Solutions announced today the issuance to it by the US Patent Office of a patent that covers the high efficiency lighting characteristics of its SO-Bright® Technology in its solar powered lighting systems .


The patent for invention number 7,863,829 is for a series of techniques that optimize lighting efficiency for an outdoor lighting system which is powered by a limited power source, such as a battery and solar panel or windmill or generator.

"This latest patent established several key claims that give SolarOne systems and other lighting systems that contain the company's SO-Bright® Technology, long-term Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) advantages" said Moneer Azzam, President and CEO, SolarOne Solutions. "The patent is just another confirmation of SolarOne's technical leadership in this burgeoning field…and there are more in the works." he added.

The techniques in this patent set forth means to drive the LEDs and control their spectrum in such a way that consumes the least amount of energy in a given set of ambient conditions. Energy efficiency is vitally important when working with higher cost sources of power, such as solar electric (e.g. photovoltaic) or wind power, especially in combination with energy storage devices, such as batteries or fuel cells. These techniques produce additional benefits, for instance lower operating temperatures, which translate to longer component lifetimes and a broader marketplace.

SolarOne has thousands of systems deployed across the globe that employ its patented SO-Bright® Technology, including Masdar City in Abu Dhabi where the systems were designed for 55° C Ambient conditions.
"Today's marketplace for commercial-scale solar powered lighting is starting to grow at a faster clip and with it increasing competition. The most successful solar lighting businesses will be those who effectively apply their know-how and leverage their intellectual property to give customers the best value through long-term performance and reliability," said Mr. Azzam.

About SolarOne Solutions, Inc.: SolarOne® Solutions, Inc. ("SolarOne") is the leader in commercial-scale solar-powered LED lighting systems. The company combines highly efficient LED lamps, with its patented SO-Bright® technology, to provide performance and reliability at levels comparable to commercial grid-connected lighting. With systems operating in a wide range of environmental conditions since 2004, SolarOne established itself as the first to develop and deploy solar powered area lighting systems using white LED technology. Today, SolarOne and its SO-Bright® Technology is the choice of many well established municipalities and institutions including the City of Toronto, City of Los Angeles, United State Air Force and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. SolarOne's systems were recently delivered to locations in Maryland, Puerto Rico, and Nigeria. SolarOne with its SO-Bright® Technology has also been chosen as the solar lighting partner by several major lighting and shelter companies and has representation across North America and the UAE. The company is venture backed and supported in part by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. For information on SolarOne® Solutions visit www.solarone.net, e-mail info@solarone.net or call toll free 877-527-6461.

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