Solar energy packages will be used to provide power for digital communications technologies in four Asian countries.
CAMARILLO, California – Siemens Solar Industries L.P. has signed a long-term contract with The Solaria Corporation to provide specialized packages of integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) products. Solaria is working with “Equal Access” to power digital satellite receivers and computer terminals throughout the developing world. Equal Access is an initiative of the State of the World Forum, a philanthropic organization founded by Mikail Gorbachev in 1995 and based in San Francisco. The humanitarian group will use new digital communications technologies and solar power to provide access to social development, health and education information for communities in the developing world. Siemens solar panels will power satellite receiver stations to receive information services in remote regions. Programming will focus on health and development information including HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. As part of this outreach, Equal Access has partnered with the United Nations Development Program to bring these services to four countries in Asia. Under its contract with Solaria, Siemens Solar will provide on-site installation and a service contract for its solar equipment. It will also provide training to local technicians in order to provide expertise to maintain Solaria’s packaged systems at the local level. “We are delighted to team up with Siemens Solar on this extensive deployment project, starting with the 1,200 sites scheduled through our partnership with the Equal Access initiative,” says Solaria’s COO Dwight Kuhns. “Siemens Solar’s global infrastructure and their extensive capability for installing and servicing systems as well as providing training to rural communities, was the primary reason for their selection.” “For a young company, Solaria has a seasoned team of managers; their business plan is impressive,” adds Chester Farris, Executive Vice President and COO of Siemens Solar. “They are providing the required electrical power and satellite backbone needed for the transmission of value-added information services to help international finance organizations better promote sustainable community programs for food, water and medicine. This is a very important developing market that is ripe for providing critical information on health, education and social services.” Siemens Solar and Solaria will start to deploy their integrated systems in partnership with Equal Access by mid-year. Solaria develops and distributes solar energy systems for wireless, satellite telecommunications and other remote off-grid applications. Based in Taos, New Mexico, the company was formed in 1998 by the founders of LightPath Technologies of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Siemens Solar comprises Siemens Solar GmbH in Munich, a joint venture of Siemens AG and E.ON Energie AG, Siemens Solar Industries L.P. in Camarillo, California, and two joint ventures: Siemens Showa Solar Ltd. in Singapore, and Showa Solar Energy KK in Tokyo. The company has supplied 200 megawatts of PV panels throughout the world.