Spire Solar Makes Florida Inroads

Spire Corporation, which had previously focused their solar efforts in the Chicago area, is now hoping to break into the sunnier Florida market.The company has established Spire Solar Florida, which aims to provide solar electric systems to the Sunshine State’s renewable energy market. The company’s new venture has opened an office located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, to introduce Spire’s photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing technology and systems integration capabilities to Florida utilities, municipalities and alterative energy suppliers. Support for the new operation will be provided from Spire’s headquarters in Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as from the Company’s Chicago-based systems engineering group.

Saint Petersburg, Florida – September 10, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Spire said their new Florida plans will be modeled, in part, on the company’s successful solar systems business in Chicago, where Spire has teamed with the City of Chicago and ComEd, the local utility, to provide large, grid-connected PV systems for schools, museums, commercial buildings and multi-family developments. An integrated PV module manufacturing business, Spire Solar Chicago offers complete PV turnkey services ranging from systems design and installation to after-sales service and performance monitoring. “Our strategy is to capitalize on the company’s broad-based PV module manufacturing and systems integration know-how by partnering with utilities, municipalities and independent power producers who recognize the merits of distributed energy systems based on solar power,” said Roger Little, President and CEO of Spire. “With Florida Solar Energy Center and utilities such as JEA and Tampa Electric promoting wider utilization of green energy, Florida presents a promising market opportunity for Spire.” While much of Spire’s business is in the solar field, the company also retains a biomedical division in which they plan on participating in the Florida markets. “Florida is one of the most promising states for developing Spire’s Solar and Biomedical activities; and we plan to participate in the expected growth of both sectors,” said Steve Hogan, Spire Solar Executive Vice President and General Manager. “To jump start the Florida operation, we will offer our solar electric systems integration expertise gained during three years of systems installations at more than 30 sites in Chicago.”
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