Sharp Solar Panels Make Prime Time

Sharp Electronics, the U.S. subsidiary of Sharp Corp., donated a 4.5 kW system solar energy system which, together with a 1 kW wind generator, will generate the electricity for heat and hot water in a family’s house reconstruction to be televised in January on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Sharp contributed 27 167-W modules and a Sunvista inverter for a system designed and installed by Ramsey Environmental, an energy consulting company. The family, whose home in Kansas was destroyed by a propane gas leak explosion, will benefit from significantly reduced electricity costs as well as the reconstruction. “The family will join a growing number of Americans who use solar power for their energy needs. From the day they move in, their new solar energy system will enable them to reap the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy for years to come,” said Ron Kenedi, vice president of Sharp’s Solar Energy Solutions Group. Sharp Corporation employs more than 200 people to assemble 162-, 167-, 170-, 175-, 185- and 208-W solar panels for residential and commercial installations.

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