In the first such contract for the company, Sharp Solar will soon be supplying solar electric systems for two major homebuilding companies, Clarum Homes and William Lyon Homes. The deals, which are Sharp’s first homebuilder contracts, will result in more than 250 new homes in two California community developments featuring Sharp solar electric systems. The two projects are expected to produce upwards of 580,000 kilowatts per year of solar generated electricity.Mahwah, New Jersey – April 28, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] “Aimed at giving American families the ability to generate clean, renewable energy that can significantly lower electric costs, Sharp’s complete residential solar electric systems are featured in a growing number of beautiful, high-tech homes,” said Ron Kenedi, General Manager of Sharp Electronics Solar Systems Division. Sharp manufactures both solar modules and inverters, making it the industry’s only manufacturer of complete residential solar electric systems, added Kenedi. Clarum Homes contracted with Sharp to supply photovoltaic systems for 149 single-family homes and townhouses at Vista Montaýa, California’s largest Zero Energy home community located in Watsonville. “Promising energy efficiency and environmental soundness, the Zero Energy home has evolved from concept to reality, thanks to the collaboration of partners, including Sharp,” said John Suppes, Vice President of Clarum Homes. Each of these 149 homes will be outfitted with 167-watt, 140-watt or 70-watt solar panels, making up solar electric systems that will range in size from 1.2 kilowatts to 3.2 kilowatts. All of these homes will feature a Sharp Sunvista inverter designed to output 3500-watts. A new community developed by William Lyon Homes, Walden Park in Ladera Ranch, California, will also feature solar electric systems supplied by Sharp. Each of the 109 homes at Walden Park will feature Sharp’s 167-watt, 140-watt or 70-watt solar panels and a Sunvista inverter, amounting to solar electric systems that will average 1.5 kilowatts in size. “By making Sharp’s solar electric systems standard on all the new homes at Walden Park, William Lyons Homes is proud to help Californian homeowners reduce energy consumption, and benefit from clean air and renewable energies,” said Brian Doyle, Vice President, Sales and Marketing of William Lyon Homes. Last year, Sharp opened a U.S. solar panel manufacturing facility in Memphis, TN to meet the increasing demand for solar energy in the U.S. The solar manufacturing facility is assembling 165-, 167- and 185-watt solar panels for residential and commercial installations.