California Company Partners on Russian PV Project

CTG Energetics, Inc., the Irvine-based energy and sustainability consulting firm, has been selected as the U.S. partner to help develop a municipal solar energy project in the Russian Far East.

Irvine, California – May 8, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The Orange County firm is teaming with MIR International Cooperation Fund, in Vladivostok, Russia, with financial support supplied by the U.S. Agency for International Development through the Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation. “Adapting proven energy-conserving technologies to the Russian situation is exciting,” said CTG Energetics vice president Tom Lunneberg. “Solar water heating fits the bill when it comes to environmental and economic concerns in the city of Vladivostok.” The solar project aims to improve the energy efficiency of municipal facilities in the port city of Vladivostok. The international project includes developing guidelines for making that city’s facilities more energy efficient. Meetings with the Russian engineering team and Vladivostok officials will help the team assess the challenges faced by alternate energy programs. Also included is a plan for designing solar water heating at a municipal orphanage. The pilot project is expected to lead to additional programs for heating other public facilities in the Russian city. The project will also bring Vladivostok engineers to California and Florida for a tour of solar equipment installations, municipal facilities and design discussions at CTG Energetics’ offices in Irvine. The California company has provided energy efficiency consulting to cities throughout the US, including recent work for the cities of Santa Monica, San Diego and Irvine. Russian Far East coastal temperatures in winter can average about six degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15.5 degrees Celsius) so the solar water heating program could ultimately mean better health and comfort for Vladivostok’s disadvantaged children. The Californians, however, are not heading for Siberia to deliver all the answers. “We’ll be working in a region even Moscow residents consider exotic,” said Lunneberg. “So we’ll be learning as much as we’re teaching. Russian engineers are known for their ability to get the most from limited resources, so we’ll pick up a lot of knowledge from them.”

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