A major retailer in the United States will sell solar electric power systems for the residential market.NEWARK, Delaware, US, 2001-09-14 [SolarAccess.com] The Home Depot® will sell PV systems from AstroPower, Inc. as a key element of the solar company’s initiative to move PV technology into the mainstream market. The SunUPS® and SunLine™ residential systems are featured at three stores in the San Diego area and will be expanded to as many as 70 Home Depot stores in California during the next year. Customers to stores in Escondido, Carmel Mountain and Sports Arena can use interactive displays to see how PV panels generate electricity for home consumption. The solar systems are being sold and installed under The Home Depot’s ‘Installed Products’ initiative, which provides product sales, financing, installation and service. Financing is available under The Home Depot Consumer Credit Card or The Home Depot Home Improvement Loan. “We are excited to be working with The Home Depot to bring solar electric power to the mainstream consumer market,” says AstroPower vice president Howard Wenger. “Our pilot program with The Home Depot makes getting solar power easy in an area that has been hit hard by electricity rate increases. Now, San Diego residents can take direct control of their energy future.” “The Home Depot is committed to providing viable energy solutions to its customers,” he adds. “We are thrilled that this forward-thinking, environmentally responsible retailer is marketing our complete solar electric home power systems in its stores.” The SunUPS and SunLine solar systems are packaged units that enable homeowners to generate their own electricity. Installed by licensed AstroPower installers, the PV systems are connected to the utility grid. The SunUPS system includes batteries to provide uninterrupted power. “The Home Depot is very pleased to be partnering with AstroPower in this exciting new product category,” says the retailer’s Bill Patterson. “The Home Depot is committed to bringing energy solutions to our customers, and we believe that solar electric home power is the ultimate energy technology.” “The residential solar electric power business has always needed two critical elements to enable it to take off in the U.S.,” says AstroPower president and CEO Allen Barnett. “A large brand name retailer and easily accessible consumer financing.” “Our partnership with The Home Depot delivers both of these elements for the first time in our industry’s history, and with the best possible partner,” he adds. “Coupled with the rapidly growing adoption of solar power as a standard feature by major home builders, this entry by The Home Depot can revolutionize the speed of adoption of solar electric power in the United States.” AstroPower claims to be the world’s largest independent manufacturer of PV products, and develops solar cells, modules, panels and systems for both off-grid and on-grid applications. Founded in 1978, The Home Depot claims to be the world’s largest home improvement retailer, with 1,255 stores in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America.