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SolarWorld Solar Panels Power Largest Array for Nevada School

  SolarWorld Solar Panels Power Largest Array for Nevada School

Nevada’s largest private school’s 1.11-MW array typifies state’s commercial
solar boom

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- December 06, 2012

Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, the largest private school in
Nevada, is now home to the state’s largest school-based solar array. The
1.11-megawatt system, unveiled at the school’s 39-acre Las Vegas campus this
fall, features more than 4,000 solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S.
solar manufacturer for more than 35 years. Designed and installed by
SolarWorld Authorized Installer Bombard Renewable Energy of Las Vegas, the
installation demonstrates growing demand for rooftop and carport solar
installations in a state often associated with sprawling, utility-scale desert
solar farms.

Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School's 1.11-MW solar installation
features solar panels from S ...

Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School's 1.11-MW solar installation
features solar panels from SolarWorld. (Photo: Faith Lutheran)

Although Faith Lutheran launched its solar installation in 2011, with a
100-kilowatt array on the roof of a classroom and administrative building, the
project blossomed in October when the school installed more than 900-kilowatts
of SolarWorld solar panels on its student center, maintenance facility and
atop a 341-space carport structure custom-engineered by Bombard Renewable
Energy. Faith Lutheran administrators expect to offset about half of the
school’s annual power needs with clean energy generated by the array and save
about $140,000 a year on utility costs.

The project was funded through NV Energy solar rebates and the Federal
Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit. Bombard Renewable Energy will own,
operate and maintain the solar array for five years under a power purchase
agreement with Faith Lutheran.

“This project helps reduce our energy costs and provide covered parking for
our faculty and students, but more importantly, it allows Faith Lutheran to be
among the leaders in clean energy in southern Nevada,” said Dr. Steve Buuck,
Faith Lutheran’s chief executive officer.

“Ever-growing energy needs, supportive state policies and, of course, some of
the most abundant sunshine in the country combine to make solar an attractive
investment for both nonprofit and for-profit businesses in Nevada,” said Kevin
Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. “We are pleased to help meet that
demand with SolarWorld’s high-quality, American-made solar panels and, thanks
to our installation partner Bombard Renewable Energy, 100 percent local
labor.”

Bombard Renewable Energy became a SolarWorld Authorized Installer in 2012. The
company has installed more than 50 MW of solar systems in and around Nevada,
including dozens for nonprofit organizations and schools. “Although Nevada’s
massive utility-scale developments often grab the headlines, the state also
ranks among the top 10 in the U.S. for commercial solar installation,” said
Chris Brooks, director of Bombard Renewable Energy. “Faith Lutheran School,
with its dual emphasis on a financial and environmental bottom line, is
representative of the kinds of businesses and institutions embracing solar in
growing numbers across the Silver State.”

About SolarWorld (www.SolarWorld.com):

SolarWorld manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to a
cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs about
3,000 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro,
Oregon, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld manages
all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. Through
an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers all over
the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company maintains high
social standards at all locations across the globe and has committed itself to
resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has been publically
traded on the stock market since 1999 and is quoted in the technology index
TecDax. SolarWorld achieved sales of about 1 billion Euros for the fiscal year
2011.

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