8.1.2003: Meldung: UNI-SOLAR: Strategic Alliance

UNI-SOLAR and Solar Integrated Technologies Form Strategic Alliance
Tuesday January 7, 10:30 am ET

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 7 -- UNI-SOLAR announced today an exclusive strategic alliance with Solar Integrated Technologies of Los Angeles to utilize UNI-SOLAR® flexible solar electric laminates for integration with single-ply roofing membranes for Southern California. The unique qualities of the UNI-SOLAR® flexible laminate combined with time- proven roofing membranes will provide the basic building block to produce the first (in North America) building-integrated photovoltaic (PV) roofing membrane system for commercial and industrial uses. Solar Integrated Technologies" proprietary design will hasten the marriage of the solar industry to the commercial roofing industry.

"The flexible and lightweight design of the UNI- SOLAR® PV modules will make solar electric roofing a reality," said Ed Stevenson, CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies. "This is the breakthrough we"ve been waiting on for more than 10 years. UNI-SOLAR® has made it possible for us to devise an easy-to-install solar electric roofing material that serves the bi- functional purpose of generating a renewable source of clean electricity while preserving the watertight integrity of the roof envelope, thereby supplying the highest value to our customers. We will trigger a revolution in the commercial roofing industry and we are thrilled to be working with the UNI-SOLAR® product to realize the full potential of the advanced thin-film PV technology for low-slope commercial roofing markets."

"Solar Integrated Technologies is a unique company led by people with vision and we are pleased to join with them to significantly scale up our business in the commercial and industrial PV markets," said executives Georges Brys and S. R. Ovshinsky of UNI-SOLAR® in a joint statement. "As a leading integrator with extensive experience in the application of commercial roof systems, Solar Integrated Technologies will deliver to the market their proprietary photovoltaic roof system through a network of Certified Master Contractors. This is a unique proposition in the emerging market for solar power systems. The buyer can be assured that, unlike other companies" "rooftop-installed" systems, the building-integrated photovoltaic roof systems from Solar Integrated Technologies utilizing UNI-SOLAR® photovoltaic modules provide a complete, single-source solution."

Solar Integrated Technologies, based in Los Angeles, CA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of SCR Group Holding Company. Mr. Stevenson patented a concept of integrating flexible photovoltaics to roofing in 1989. The unique UNI- SOLAR® flexible PV laminate has made that conception a reality. For additional information, please contact Richard Schoen, Executive Vice President, Building Integrated Photovoltaics at rschoen@solarintegrated.com .

UNI-SOLAR® brand is marketed by a joint venture between Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENER - News) and N.V. Bekaert S.A. (Belgium), two of the world"s most respected technology and manufacturing companies. The joint venture was established in April 2000 to meet the growing demand for UNI-SOLAR® products, and to build a manufacturing plant with an annual capacity of 30MW to meet customer demand. More information is available at www.uni-solar.com .

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