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Princeton University's Engineering Building To Host Two Solar Power Systems

Princeton University's Engineering Quadrangle Building is now serving as the host site for two photovoltaic systems. The Engineering Building project will demonstrate new technologies developed to utilize the power of the sun as a clean and efficient source of renewable energy. By combining their engineering and manufacturing expertise Premier Power Renewable Energy, Inc. and Princeton Power Systems were able to deploy two unique solar power arrays at this prestigious educational facility.

Premier Power provided the engineering, design and photovoltaic modules for the systems. The structures were designed specifically for the Engineering Building and are ballasted to preclude the need for any roof penetrations. Each array is equipped with telescoping struts which allow the array angles to be adjusted seasonally to convert more of the sun's light into electricity during the course of the year.

Princeton Power will use the systems to test and showcase their new residential solar inverter with improved energy capture capabilities. The Princeton Power inverters will work effectively with new solar module technologies to deliver more power from each array, particularly during morning and evening hours. The project is majority funded by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology's Edison Innovation Fund, with additional funding from Princeton Power Systems, Princeton University, and Energy Photovoltaics, maker of advanced solar panels in Lawrenceville, NJ.

The two photovoltaic systems will be monitored by both companies to evaluate design and equipment performance. In addition to producing clean electricity that will be used on the Princeton University campus the two systems can effectively prevent the release of 8,300 lbs of CO2 emissions in the first year.

"New Jersey has become a leader in photovoltaic funding and installations," said Dean Marks, President of Premier Power, "With Governor Corzine's recently issued Executive Order 54 calling for a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 the state will also be a leader in green house gas reductions. The solar project at Princeton University will serve to demonstrate how New Jersey can reach these ambitious goals."

Darren Hammell president of Princeton Power added, "With the help of our partners, Princeton University, and the Commission on Science and Technology, we continue to perform cutting edge research on solar technologies, driving down the cost and improving the performance of critical components and systems, to help New Jersey maintain its position as a national leader in solar energy."

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