Trojan's sponsorship of NABCEP training initiatives supports the continued development of industry standards for certification of photovoltaic (PV) system professionals.

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 16, 2011 - Trojan Battery Company, the world's leading manufacturer of deep cycle batteries for renewable energy applications, today announced its corporate sponsorship of North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), which offers certification and entry-level knowledge assessment programs for renewable energy professionals throughout North America.

Trojan's sponsorship of NABCEP training initiatives supports the continued development of industry standards for certification of photovoltaic (PV) system professionals. Certification ensures that PV practitioners have demonstrated the proper knowledge and training to effectively specify, build and install PV systems. It is in the best interest of the PV marketplace that consumers have access to certified PV professionals to ensure their systems function properly, as well as preserve the longevity of the batteries that may power those systems.

"As the renewable energy market continues its rapid growth, demand for skilled installation professionals will continue to be needed," said Dean Middleton, Trojan director of renewable energy sales, Americas. "Trojan's sponsorship of NABCEP will assist in expanding the knowledge and expertise of renewable energy system professionals which will greatly support the adoption of alternative energy applications. The more qualified the installer is, the less failures in the field.

"NABCEP is a respected leader in the industry as a professional credentialing organization. Trojan's support of these programs ensures the establishment of standards and benchmarks for PV professionals which will secure the future of the renewable energy marketplace," Middleton said.
As part of its support for NABCEP programs, Trojan will provide product literature, technical support and sample batteries to the many training organizations that help prepare PV professionals for NABCEP certification exams. Trojan also will offer its expertise in deep cycle battery technology by developing continuing education programs which are offered to PV industry professionals.

"Trojan has a long history of leadership in the renewable energy marketplace and the company's generous support of NABCEP is one more example of its commitment to continuous improvement and growth of the industry," said Ezra Auerbach, executive director of NABCEP. "Trojan already has an excellent relationship with our organization and its installer training on batteries is a valuable contribution to the continuing education of our certified professionals.

"On behalf of the NABCEP board of directors, I offer my thanks to Trojan for their assistance in helping our organization with its program development and outreach efforts. Support from the industry is particularly gratifying because it shows NABCEP is accomplishing its goals of awarding credentials that are relevant and meaningful to consumers, manufacturers and practitioners" Auerbach said.

Trojan battery offers the broadest portfolio of high-quality, deep cycle flooded, AGM and gel products available for a wide range of renewable energy and backup power applications. Built on proprietary deep cycle technology, Trojan batteries are specifically engineered for powering renewable energy applications and all of Trojan's batteries provide superior performance, rugged durability and long life. Trojan batteries are available worldwide.

NABCEP is committed to providing certification programs that instill confidence in solar consumers. Professionals who received NABCEP certification demonstrate their competence in the field and their commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice.

About Trojan Battery Company
Trojan Battery Company is the world's leading manufacturer of deep cycle batteries, offering a complete portfolio of technologically advanced flooded, AGM and gel batteries that provide maximum long-lasting performance to meet the requirements of today's advancing renewable energy systems. Trojan Battery Company, founded in 1925, is ISO 9001:2008 certified with operations in California and Georgia.
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The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is the most respected, well established, and widely recognized national certification organization for professional installers in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP is a volunteer board of representatives who are chosen based on their experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP's mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with professionals and stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
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