San Diego Homes To Get Smart Solar Roofs

SmartRoof system can generate 50 to 90 percent of a typical household's daily electrical needs.

Published: 20-Dec-2002

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Uni-Solar, the world leader in thin-film solar technologies, announced today that it is offering its UNI-SOLAR(R) SmartRoof(R) residential solar electric system to homeowners. The SmartRoof system can generate 50 to 90 percent of a typical household's daily electrical needs, thus enabling homeowners to save money on their utility bills and in the process do something exceptional for the environment.

In the last month, orders for 16 new UNI-SOLAR SmartRoof solar electric systems have been received from the San Diego test market region. Benefits of the system include enhanced aesthetics when compared to traditional rooftop- mounted solar systems, ease of installation, lower maintenance, enhanced resale and full integration into a home's roof. It also contains everything homeowners need to generate their own clean, reliable power. One San Diego resident noted, "What I was looking for was a building-integrated solar system that would not distract from the beauty of my home the way traditional glass solar panels do and what I found was a SmartRoof solar electric system that was truly building integrated that actually added to the value of my home."

Mark Holohan, Uni-Solar's residential sales manager, stated, "Customers are looking for solar energy solutions that are maintenance-free and don't compromise the look of their home; they are no longer willing to put up with obtrusive and bulky glass panels sitting on top of their roofs." He added, "Uni-Solar has a unique solar sales team. We work closely with our customers to ensure that they understand their home's energy consumption and receive the optimal result from their solar roof. We are not just selling a solar electric product; we are selling integrated energy solutions. The feedback we have received from the homeowners has been extremely positive."

The environmentally friendly SmartRoof residential solar energy system generates clean, non-polluting solar power that allows homeowners to reduce or eliminate their electric bills while adding value to their homes.

Based on the success of the market test in the San Diego area, Uni-Solar now makes its SmartRoof system available in California and in the coming months throughout the United States and Europe. For a limited time, a FREE energy evaluation is being offered to California residents by calling 1-800-397-2083.

UNI-SOLAR(R) brand is marketed by a joint venture between Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENER) and N.V. Bekaert S.A. (Belgium), two of the world's most respected technology and manufacturing companies. The joint venture was established in April 2000 to meet the growing demand for UNI-SOLAR(R) products, and to build a manufacturing plant with an annual capacity of 30MW to meet customer demand. More information is available at www.uni-solar.com .

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