AstroPower Donates PV System to Habitat

AstroPower, Inc. will power a Habitat for Humanity home through the donation of a solar electric power system. Currently under construction in Westminster, Colorado, the home is sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) renewable energy research laboratory, upon the organization’s 25th anniversary.

Newark, Deleware – July 22, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Assistant Secretary of Energy David Garman and NREL Director Richard Truly highlighted the energy efficiency features of the home, including its solar electric power system, during Habitat’s “Silver Hammer” event at the Westminster construction site recently. Upon completion, the home will be owned and occupied by Charles and Dorothy Ruibal and their two children. The NREL-sponsored Habitat home will incorporate an AstroPower 1.6-kilowatt SunLine solar electric power system, featuring AstroPower’s APex solar cells. AstroPower’s SunLine system generates solar electric power and delivers it through the home’s existing circuits. When the system produces more electricity than the home requires, excess electricity is sent back to the utility grid. As a result, the utility meter will spin backward, and the Ruibals will receive a credit on their utility bill. AstroPower’s line of APex solar electric power products are manufactured using the company’s proprietary high-speed, continuous-sheet Silicon-Film process, which was developed with support from NREL’s Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) project. This assistance from DOE has enabled AstroPower to further the development of its Silicon-Film manufacturing process, while optimizing solar cell performance and reducing costs. By incorporating solar electric power into the Habitat for Humanity home, NREL and Habitat are not only improving the energy efficiency of the home, but also reducing the long-term ownership costs. In addition to solar electric power, the home will incorporate energy-efficient features such as programmable thermostats, radiant floor heating, and a high-efficiency furnace. The home will be one of the most energy-efficient homes built by Habitat. “AstroPower and its employees have been long-term supporters of Habitat for Humanity – organizationally, professionally, and personally,” said Dr. Allen Barnett, President and CEO of AstroPower. “We are especially proud to support this project, as the donation will not only be a benefit to the homeowners, it will be a testament to the success of AstroPower’s Silicon-Film technology and solar electric power technology. (NASDAQ: APWR)
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