Solara Energy, Inc. of Gilroy, California has won an Innovation Award for a series of new technology solar panels designed for use in marine and recreational vehicle applications. The award was presented in Las Vegas at the National Marine Manufacturers Association Second Annual Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show.LAS VEGAS, Nevada – June 10, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Innovation Award is the recreational boating industry’s highest honor for product excellence. Award winners are chosen as the result of a vote of members of Boating Writers International, a non-profit organization of reporters, broadcasters, photographers and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry. Members include active marine journalists in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Innovation Awards program awards those products that best meet the following criteria: Innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured; benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer; practicality; and, cost-effectiveness. The Solara solar modules utilize a pioneering design that integrates the photovoltaic cells into a polycarbonate sheet that is bonded to thin stainless steel backing. This results in an advanced solar module that is extremely thin, lightweight and flexible. Because the panel is sealed, it offers unparalleled durability. It can be mounted to any surface and is so rugged, it can even be walked on. “Solara’s solar panel was recognized for its durability,” said Michael Verdon, president of Boating Writers International. “This wafer-thin panel could open a new market for solar panels, particularly in smaller powerboats where solar panels have not been practical or cost-effective before now.” “We are honored that the NMMA has given one of the industry’s top awards to Solara’s solar modules,” said Mark Weiss, president of Solara Energy, Inc. “This award is recognition of how unique our product is, and highlights the public’s desire for practical alternative energy solutions.” Solara’s solar modules are available in a range of sizes from 10 watts to 56 watts, and are affordably priced beginning at US$200.00.