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|Spire Solar Chicago Provides Custom BIPV Panels to Denali National Park|
BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2005--Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR) today announced that Spire Solar Chicago custom BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) panels have been installed at a new main Visitors Center at Denali National Park in Alaska. The panels are custom-sized laminates designed to fit into a window system manufactured by POZZI Windows. During the summer months the building is open as the main center for park visitors and is visited every year by over 300,000 tourists from around the world.
David W. Ziemer, architect for the building designer, RIM Architects, stated, "I was very pleased with the experience of working with Spire Solar. They provided a level of customer support and technical assistance that seemed unavailable from other solar suppliers. Their willingness to produce a custom solar panel on a relatively small scale was a major factor in keeping the BIPV panels as a viable element in our project. In the end, we achieved a solution that is aesthetically pleasing to the client, and is helping to meet the ongoing electrical needs of the facility."
The PV panels were manufactured in Chicago at Spire's module manufacturing facility. Spire Solar Chicago's staff worked with the architect and general contractor in Anchorage to allow for integration of the PV laminates into the window framing design. Steve Hogan, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Spire Solar, commented, "Providing these panels to architects in Alaska demonstrates how easily BIPV can be incorporated into responsible, progressive building designs. By carefully coordinating our module design and fabrication with the window manufacturer we were able to prove Spire's ability to customize the module manufacturing, similar to the recent BIPV custom modules provided to the City of Chicago's Millennium Park. Spire is becoming known as the go-to provider for solutions to high reliability, quick turnaround, custom PV module requirements."
The Spire Solar Chicago laminates, or SSC85-BIL's, are 85 watt panels with clear back sheets. The cells are monocrystalline for optimal energy performance and are pseudo square in shape, so the light shines through in diamond shaped spaces between them. Since the building is only open in summer months, it is a great application for PV because it is during these months that the panels will receive the most sunlight, helping to offset the building's operating costs. The building is LEEDs registered, and the designers are expecting to receive either silver or gold rating.
Spire Solar Chicago is a subsidiary of Spire Corporation. Spire Corporation is a diversified technology company serving the solar energy, biomedical, telecommunications and defense industries worldwide with innovative products and services based upon a common technology platform.
Certain matters described in this news release may be forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk of dependence on market growth, competition and dependence on government agencies and other third parties for funding contract research and services, as well as other factors described in the Company's Form 10-KSB filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CONTACT: Spire Corporation Stephen J. Hogan, 781-275-6000 Executive Vice President and General Manager, Spire Solar SOURCE: Spire Corporation