Unirac Partners with NRG Energy Inc. on Solar Installation for Haiti Home for Children

Unirac Partners with NRG Energy Inc. on Solar Installation for Haiti Home for
                                   Children

Humanitarian Effort Provides Safe Haven for Haitian Children

PR Newswire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 19, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Unirac, Inc., a Hilti Group
Company and North America's leading provider of infrastructure for solar power
systems, supplied NRG Energy Inc. with a SolarMount (E)volution mounting
system for a 52 kW array at the Zanmi Beni Home for Children in Haiti. The
installation completed in June 2012, required an especially robust solution to
accommodate the fierce wind loads that frequently bear down on Haiti during
strong seasonal hurricanes.

Most importantly, the installation allows the shelter to access a stable
supply of energy and supplements Haiti's unreliable grid power, thus ensuring
a safe and healthy environment for 64 children, many of whom were displaced
during the catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

"We are proud to have been a part of this important humanitarian effort to
provide a safe haven for some of Haiti's most vulnerable citizens," comments
Unirac CEO Peter Lorenz. "Making reliable power for this home a reality was of
utmost importance, and we understood that our ability to provide NRG with the
highest level of customer support would, in turn, ensure a seamless
installation at Zanmi Beni."

SM(E) was the ideal solution for this project due to its durability and
performance superiority. NRG reports that the Zanmi Beni installation
successfully withstood the forces of Hurricane Isaac in August 2012 and is
pleased with the dependability of the Unirac racking product. The
International Council Code recently certified SM(E) for its adherence to the
AC428 standard of product excellence. "Unirac's SM(E) solution was integral to
the success of our Zanmi Beni installation as it met or exceeded our wind load
requirements for a hurricane prone environment," comments John Bates, Senior
Vice President, NRG Solar.

Unirac hosted NRG personnel at company headquarters in Albuquerque, NM;
building a simulated roof in order to provide installation training. "The
rooftop training demonstrated how easy and straightforward the installation
would be," Bates adds. The stateside roof simulation allowed the NRG team to
skillfully lead the volunteer group to a quick install on site in Haiti in
June 2012. "Our competitive edge is credited in part to our creative and
diligent Unirac team—who continually raise the bar on customer service."
explains Lorenz.

Unirac advocated the use of SM(E) for the pitched-roof structure due to its
strength. "SM(E)'s ICC designation reflects adherence to the latest industry
standards for safety, which takes into account high winds and seismic loads,"
says Juan Suarez, director of engineering, Unirac. Unirac strives to offer PV
mounting products that meet or exceed the industry's highest standards—and
will continue to work with ICC to foster advances in engineering quality and
safety.

Zanmi Beni is located north of Port-au-Prince, and is designed to house
abandoned and physically- and developmentally-disabled children (many of whom
were displaced with the devastating 2010 earthquake). The project was a joint
effort of Partners in Health, its Haitian sister organization Zanmi Lasante
(ZL), and Operation Blessing International.

About Unirac Inc. ®Unirac, a Hilti Group Company is North America's leading
provider of infrastructure for solar power systems. Recognized as an industry
innovator on both the product and process side, Unirac is one of the fastest
growing companies in the solar industry. Unirac has achieved certifications
for both ISO 9001:2008 for QMS and ISO 14001:2004 for EMS and OHSAS
18001:2007. Its industrial-grade solar mount solutions meet 'Made in America',
'Buy American', ARRA and Ontario Power Authority FIT and microFIT criteria.
For more information about Unirac, please visit http://www.unirac.com.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Dominick, Unirac, Inc., 505-242-6411,
elizabeth.dominick@unirac.com

SOURCE Unirac, Inc.

Website: http://unirac.com
 
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