Canadian Solar, ESA Renewables and Zep Solar Complete 1.26MW Rooftop Solar Installation in North Carolina

Landmark Solar Rooftop Array to Provide Clean, Renewable Solar Energy to New Bern Residents

SAN RAMON, Calif. & HAYESVILLE, N.C. & SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Apr 24, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Canadian Solar, ESA Renewables and Zep Solar, Inc. (“Zep Solar”), today announced the successful completion of a 1.26MW commercial rooftop solar project in New Bern, N.C., that provides clean, renewable solar energy to approximately 100 homes. This project utilizes Canadian Solar’s Zep Compatible (TM) PV modules and Zep Solar’s patented Zep System III mounting and grounding technology, and was built and will be maintained and operated by ESA Renewables.

“The pairing of reliable and experienced solar partners such as Canadian Solar, ESA Renewables and Zep Solar will best serve the needs and solar initiatives of New Bern and its residents,” said Jeffrey Burkett, President of ESA Renewables. “We look forward to realizing the benefits of such a comprehensive PV system while providing the citizens with cleaner energy.”

Zep Solar’s installation system along with Canadian Solar’s high-performing PV modules and ESA’s solid turnkey solutions helped bring significant cost savings to the project, which is one of the largest in eastern North Carolina’s local utility territory, deploying 5,376 PV modules to cover 177,160 square feet of rooftop expanse.

“It is rewarding to see this project go live so quickly and bring solar to an underserved region in the United States,” said Alan King, general manager of Canadian Solar USA. “We value our long-standing partnership with ESA Renewables and look forward to teaming with them and Zep Solar on future installations that will enable consumers to adopt clean renewable energy and save money through our high-performance modules and Zep Solar’s turnkey, cost-efficient mounting and grounding technology.”

“The success of Zep Solar’s partnership with ESA and Canadian Solar on a project of this scale demonstrates the huge potential this product has to quickly gain significant market share,” said Mike Miskovsky, CEO of Zep Solar. “Our mission at Zep Solar has been to reduce the cost of installing solar. We have done that successfully with our residential product and are now proving we can do it in the commercial space as well.”

Zep Solar’s full suite of mounting and grounding hardware, as well as other accessories, mate with the Zep Groove incorporated into Zep Compatible(TM) PV modules, reducing balance of system costs and decreasing installation time. Zep Solar already has over 150MW of business in the pipeline for the upcoming year and plans to continue working with its partners to establish the Zep Compatible platform as the ‘USB of Solar.’

About Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar Inc. /quotes/zigman/103639/quotes/nls/csiq CSIQ -0.62% is one of the world’s largest solar companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module and other solar applications, Canadian Solar designs, manufactures and delivers solar products and solar system solutions for on-grid and off-grid use to customers worldwide. With operations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, Canadian Solar provides premium quality, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solar solutions to support global, sustainable development. For more information, please visit .

About ESA Renewables, LLC

ESA Renewables has positioned itself as a leader in the industry providing turnkey solar PV systems globally. ESA owns and operates a diverse portfolio of more than 500 solar PV power generating facilities located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain and Italy. ESA’s scope of services includes financing, engineering, construction, monitoring, testing and operation and maintenance. With headquarters in Castellon Spain, ESA has additional offices in Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico Chile, and Italy. For more information about ESA Renewables, LLC, please visit or call 407-268-6455.

About Zep Solar

Zep Solar, Inc. was founded in 2009 by PV industry veterans to advance the proliferation of solar energy through well designed PV mounting and grounding products that offer speed of installation, ease, and low cost to a wide range of applications. With its patented Zep Groove PV module frame technology, a catalog of its own mounting and grounding hardware, and third party Zep Compatible(TM) products, Zep Solar offers the world’s first comprehensive platform for PV system installation. Zep Solar’s platform drastically reduces the cost and complexity of designing, shipping, warehousing, and installing PV systems. Please visit for more information about our company and products and to find out about newly announced Zep Compatible PV modules and accessories. You can also follow us on Twitter @ZepSolar.

SOURCE: Zep Solar, Inc.

Canadian Solar
Jill Hansen, 925-866-2700
Schwartz MSL
Liz Nelson, 415-512-0770
Zep Solar
Daniel Flanigan, 415-479-6900
ESA Renewables, LLC
Lindsay Herold, 407-268-6455


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