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SoloPower Adds Wesley Clark in Thin-Film Rooftop Solar Expansion

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- Wesley Clark, the retired U.S. Army general who ran for president in 2004, joined the board of SoloPower Inc., which is seeking to increase production.

Clark’s expertise in government and in international markets will help the company reach potential new customers in U.S., Japan, South Korea and Italy, San Jose, California-based SoloPower said today in a statement.

SoloPower operates a plant in San Jose and is building another in Portland, Oregon, which will eventually have annual production capacity of about 400 megawatts. The company’s thin-film solar panels are produced on flexible rolls of steel and weigh less than standard, polysilicon-based photovoltaic products, Clark said in an interview.

“I think the idea of going after rooftops with lightweight solar panels is a winning strategy,” Clark said. “The U.S. has hundreds of miles of big-box rooftops not designed to hold the weight of massive, glass-based solar panels.”

Clark is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s energy and climate-change advisory board and served as supreme allied commander Europe for NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

SoloPower’s investors include Hudson Clean Energy Partners, Crosslink Capital Inc. and Convexa AS.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ehren Goossens in New York at egoossens1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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