McElroy and MiaSolé Partner to Provide Solar Power for NatureBridge’s National Environmental Science Center in Yosemite

MiaSolé, a Hanergy company, in partnership with McElroy Metal, has been selected by Siegel & Strain Architects as the provider of solar panels for the redesigned NatureBridge National Environmental Science Center in Yosemite National Park, California. The NatureBridge National Environmental Science Center will host residential environmental science programs in Yosemite National Park that offer students in grades K-12 the opportunity to learn hands-on science. The facility will also be used to provide professional development classes to adults such as Wilderness First Responder Recertification courses. A demonstration of the project using the MiaSolé FLEX panels will be on display at the NatureBridge Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco on June 4th, 2015. At the gala, guests will be able to see how the low-profile MiaSolé panels will unobtrusively enhance the look of the McElroy Metal Standing Seam roofing panels while providing renewable power to the building. The low-profile, extremely efficient FLEX panels will support NatureBridge's mission of broadening environmental education in the National Parks.

Santa Clara, CA; June 3, 2015 - MiaSolé, a Hanergy company, in partnership with McElroy Metal, has been selected by Siegel & Strain Architects as the provider of solar panels for the redesigned NatureBridge National Environmental Science Center in Yosemite National Park, California. The NatureBridge National Environmental Science Center will host residential environmental science programs in Yosemite National Park that offer students in grades K-12 the opportunity to learn hands-on science. The facility will also be used to provide professional development classes to adults such as Wilderness First Responder Recertification courses.


A demonstration of the project using the MiaSolé FLEX panels will be on display at the NatureBridge Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco on June 4th, 2015. At the gala, guests will be able to see how the low-profile MiaSolé panels will unobtrusively enhance the look of the McElroy Metal Standing Seam roofing panels while providing renewable power to the building. The low-profile, extremely efficient FLEX panels will support NatureBridge's mission of broadening environmental education in the National Parks.

In early 2015, MiaSolé entered into a partnership with McElroy Metal to sell MiaSolé FLEX series thin-film solar modules as part of McElroy Metal's solar panel solutions. The MiaSolé thin-film modules carry an industry-leading 15.5% efficiency rating with a simple peel-and-stick application method that reduces balance of system costs by 20%. McElroy will offer MiaSolé modules factory laminated directly to their metal roof panels to create a lightweight, low profile solar energy solution durable in extreme, high wind and seismic zones and on buildings with limited load bearing roofs.
McElroy also markets complete solar kits for projects such as residential homes, storage units, and most any commercial building. By providing square footage and location, McElroy can provide a complete, pre-engineered solar package with MiaSolé modules, inverter and balance of system components.

The MiaSolé and McElroy Metal partnership combines many advantages for architects, developers, builders, and contractors. The 25-year plus power output of the MiaSolé FLEX series modules compliments the long service life of metal roofs, providing the best life cycle cost to the consumer.

About MiaSolé

MiaSolé is a producer of thin-film Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cells and panels. Founded in 2004, MiaSolé has evolved from a Silicon Valley start-up to the world leader in thin film solar panel efficiency. In its Sunnyvale, CA facility, we have demonstrated 15.5% module efficiency in production and 18% cell efficiency in the lab. In December 2012, MiaSolé became a member of the Hanergy family. MiaSolé joined the Hong Kong listed Hanergy Thin Film Power Group as MiaSolé Hi-Tech. Hanergy provides unparalleled financial, technical, and sales expertise. Since acquisition, MiaSolé has continued to increase cell performance as well as develop new applications for our technology. Additional information about MiaSolé can be found by visiting www.miasole.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MiaSoleHiTechCorp, Twitter at https://twitter.com/MiaSoleCorp and LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/2172740.

About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has serviced the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The family-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., has 12 manufacturing facilities and 20 service centers across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal's business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. McElroy Metals has been a leading innovator in the building industry. www.mcelroymetal.com

About Hanergy Thin Film

Hanergy Thin Film is the world's leading thin-film solar technology enterprise. It is mainly engaged in the research and development and design of large-scale thin-film solar turnkey production lines, as well as the development and operation of downstream solar power projects and application products. On November 27, 2013, Hanergy Thin Film was included in Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) China Index. The Company is the No.1 solar thin film turnkey line provider in the world by scale and by profitability, having delivered about 2,000MW production lines. In 2013, the Company recorded a net profit of HKD2.06 billion, enjoying a remarkable growth of 57.2% year-on-year. Hanergy Solar places technology advancement as its top priority and is equipped with strong R&D capabilities, with a focus in advanced thin-film technology applied in flexible substrates. Hanergy Thin Film's CIGS solar cells have reached a conversion efficiency of 20.5% under the guidance of a world-class thin-film solar energy expert team. In February 2014, Hanergy Thin Film acquired 100% interest of Hanergy UK and currently sells "Hanergy" branded thin-film solar photovoltaic equipment through IKEA UK directly. In May 2014, Hanergy Thin Film formed a strategic partnership with Tesla, a US electric vehicle maker, for the construction of PV Supercharger stations in China.

About NatureBridge

Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science education for students in the world's best classrooms—our national parks. Through residential education programs, NatureBridge connects students to the wonder and science of nature and inspires the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, the organization serves more than 30,000 students each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. NatureBridge also offers professional development opportunities for teachers, and family and youth programs. NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has a diverse group of partners, including Google, Klean Kanteen, National Geographic Society—Education Department, National Parks Conservation Association, Oracle and REI. For more information, visit www.naturebridge.org.

About Siegel & Strain Architects

Since 1985 Siegel & Strain has created an award-winning body of work and gained national attention for their pioneering efforts in sustainable design. They have been fortunate to work with an extraordinary caliber of clients on a wide range of civic, educational, mission-based and historic preservation design projects.
Siegel & Strain takes particular pride in their National Park projects. National Park projects engage them deeply in many ways, from site-sensitive design that connects buildings to the landscape, to building design that evokes the rustic spirit of the Parks, to sustainable strategies that model reduced carbon emissions and resource use. Siegel & Strain's design for the NESC embodies these strategies and ideals in a single project - a national park project for the 21st Century.

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