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ESA Renewables, LLC Commissions Georgia’s Largest Commercial/Industrial Solar PV Farm

Georgia’s largest PV system, located in Arlington, GA, is a significant milestone for large scale renewable energy projects in the Southeast.

June 3, 2010 — Today ESA Renewables, LLC, a leading turnkey solar system provider, announced the start of commercial operation of the largest ground mounted solar farm in Georgia. Conceived and developed by Trey Pippin, a south Georgia pecan farmer, ESA Renewables engineered and constructed the 200kW power plant approximately 190 miles south of Atlanta near Arlington, GA. The system features high power modules made by Georgia-based Suniva, Inc., the leading U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells and modules.

Mr. Pippin’s system covers approximately 1 acre and was installed using 836 Suniva modules, PV Powered inverters, Schletter’s FS racking system and a Fat Spaniel monitoring system. ESA was able to bring this project online within 30 days of beginning construction, which was well ahead of its scheduled completion date. The PV system will generate over 310,000 kWh’s of clean, affordable, sustainable energy per year. This power generation will avoid 223 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, while additionally aiding Georgia in meeting its renewable energy goals. Presently, all electricity generated by the system is being sold to Georgia Power under a 5 year power purchase agreement. After that period, all power generated will be used to compensate for the electricity costs of operating Mr. Pippin’s farm.

“Solar is an untapped resource in Georgia and ESA is pleased to be part of this significant milestone for solar development in the area. We expect this landmark solar farm to serve as a model in the state of Georgia for large scale alternative energy projects. Bringing this power to the grid helps ESA hold a firm position in maintaining its leadership as the forerunner in the industry,” said Jeffrey Burkett, President of ESA Renewables, LLC. “Congratulations to ESA Renewables for embarking on this ground-breaking solar farm initiative in Georgia,” said Bryan Ashley, Chief Marketing Officer of Suniva, Inc. “We’re happy to have worked on this project with ESA Renewables, a company that shares Suniva’s desire to make clean energy a reality.”

Also consulting on the project was Robert Green of Greenavations Power, LLC located in Macon, GA. Greenavations was integral to developing the 200 KW array. Mr. Green stated “This array would be the first solar driven drip irrigation system and largest solar array in GA. Shamrock now has the best drought insurance policy available on the market, solar panels.”

About ESA Renewables, LLC
Located in Lake Mary, FL, 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 over 400 solar PV power generating facilities located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain and Italy. Future plans for large scale PV farm implementation include the construction of commercial-scale power generation facilities in Florida, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey and Ontario with the first of these facilities anticipated to be operational as early as 2010. ESA’s scope of services for these projects includes financing, engineering, construction, procurement and commissioning. With headquarters in Castellon Spain, ESA has additional offices in Florida, Puerto Rico and Italy. For additional information about ESA Renewables, LLC, please visit www.esarenewables.com or call 407-268-6455.

About Greenavations.com, LLC
The Physics to Finance of renewable energy is Greenavations primary service. Greenavations operates in the southeast and mid- Atlantic states on a variety of projects of various sizes. Greenavations has numerous solar projects in development from 6 KW to 8 MW’s for applications in waste water treatment, greenhouses, solar covered parking canopies in commercial, industrial and municipal properties. For additional information about Greenavations.com, LLC, please call 478-474-5024.

About Suniva
Based in Norcross, GA, Suniva manufactures high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells and high power solar modules with low-cost techniques to make solar-generated electricity cost-competitive with fossil fuels. Suniva leverages exclusive licenses to critical patents and patent-pending intellectual property developed by Suniva founder and CTO, Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi, at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research, which is funded by the Department of Energy. Ranked #2 in The Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Venture-Backed Clean Technology Companies in 2010, Suniva is making solar sensible as it sells its products worldwide. Suniva is also the 2010 recipient of the Renewable Energy Exporter of the Year, awarded by the Export-Import Bank of the United States. For additional information, please visit www.suniva.com.

About Schletter, Inc.
Schletter is an internationally recognized manufacturer of solar mounting systems, and has a long history as an industry pioneer, since it’s founding in 1968. With offices worldwide, the company’s world headquarters is located in Kirchdorf, Germany, and the North American headquarters, Schletter, Inc., is located in Tucson, Arizona.

With over 40-years manufacturing experience, Schletter, Inc., has risen to be the technology driver of the solar mounting systems industry. Schletter, Inc. offers the solar industries most extensive, highly engineered and custom designed solar module mounting solutions for roof and ground mounted systems, supporting modules from nearly every photovoltaic manufacturer.

The majority of systems are up to 70% pre-assembled in the factory, which reduces costs, allows for an expedited delivery after purchase, and decreases the installation time in the field.

One size does not fit all, when it comes to solar racking systems, and Schletter’s professional staff works closely with each and every client, consistently delivering award-winning end-to-end customer support. For more information, please visit: www.schletter.us.

Media Contact:
Lindsay Herold
ESA Renewables, LLC
Contract Administrator
407-268-6455