MAGE SOLAR Modules Power Western Michigan University EV-Test Project

50kW solar photovoltaic installation equipped with charging stations for 15 electric vehicles. Students to investigate correlation of array tilt and energy yield.

Dublin (Georgia), June 08, 2012. – MAGE SOLAR, part of the globally operating MAGE GROUP, announced today that Western Michigan University is utilizing maximum efficiency MAGE SOLAR modules for a 50 kW solar photovoltaic project on its Kalamazoo campus.

216 MAGE SOLAR's maximum-efficiency US-modules are mounted onto 18 individual customized poles in a parking lot across from the university's James W. Miller Auditorium. Each of the arrays can be adjusted individually within a range from vertical to 80 degrees. Students can therefore test how the tilt of the array impacts energy yield of the modules.

The system was designed, furnished and installed by The Green Panel, Inc., a Michigan based turn-key integrator that provides renewable energy solutions for Fortune 500 companies, universities, and municipalities. The company's team also customized inverter and charging station monitoring systems that will give real-time access to the system's performance data.

"The innovation, vision, and execution of this installation are impressive," said Joe Thomas, President and CEO of MAGE SOLAR USA. "We congratulate both Western Michigan University and The Green Panel, Inc. on this major accomplishment that speaks highly of the sustainability goals the school has. WMU's commitment to renewable energy shows that solar and EV charging stations are the fuel source of the future."

"The design-build project was particularly exciting for our engineering, installation and procurement team. The combined monitoring of the electric charging stations and solar array will be a useful resource for students and faculty at Western Michigan University" according to Binger Winchell and Agnes Pelosse at The Green Panel, Inc.

The project was funded by a grant from the Department of Energy and administered by the Clean Energy Coalition of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Photo Caption: The 50kW pole-mount installation is equipped with 15 electric vehicle charging stations and measures the impact of panel tilt in correlation to energy yield. © The Green Panel, Inc.2012.

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MAGE SOLAR – The Sun on Your Side
MAGE SOLAR USA, headquartered in Dublin, Georgia, specializes in complete solar systems and provides high-quality photovoltaic modules, intelligent mounting systems and high-performance brand inverters. As a subsidiary of the international MAGE GROUP, it uses the Group's 40 years of know-how to develop optimally coordinated system solutions. A competent partner network guarantees profitable solar energy systems for customers throughout the Americas and in 21 more countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. In 2011, the company generated U$280 in sales with around 180 employees.

Incorporated on June 12, 2007, The Green Panel is a Michigan-based turnkey renewable energy company with affiliated local offices across the United States that Engineers, Furnishes, and Installs solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and small wind turbine systems for Fortune 500 companies, universities and municipalities. Our projects now stretch from Walla Walla, Washington to Williamsburg, Massachusetts. Our goal is to build long-term business relationships with our customers.

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