California water district goes solar

ET Solar Group Corp., a Nanjing-based solar power solution provider and integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products including ingots, wafers, modules, and state-of-the-art dual-axis tracking systems with manufacturing facilities located in Taizhou, China, announced today that its dual-axis tracking systems have been installed and grid-connected at the Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District (DEID) in Southern California...

NANJING, China, Sept. 25, 2008 -- ET Solar Group Corp., a Nanjing-based solar power solution provider and integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products including ingots, wafers, modules, and state-of-the-art dual-axis tracking systems with manufacturing facilities located in Taizhou, China, announced that its dual-axis tracking systems have been installed and grid-connected at the Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District (DEID) in Southern California.

DEID is situated in southern Tulare County and northern Kern County along the eastside of the San Joaquin Valley in California. The DEID serves over 400 landowners on a total of 56,500 acres of land. This 22 kWp project, consisting of two ET-D80 tracking systems, is located at the DEID's headquarter and is expected to supply 95 percent of the annual energy needs of the District's headquarters.

These dual-axis tracking systems were jointly developed by ET Solar Group and Meca Solar, one of the top tracking system manufacturers in Europe. Each system has a peak power of 11 kilowatt and is controlled by an astronomical program to track the sun. With the dual-axis tracking systems, annual power output of solar systems can be up to 40% higher than fixed-array installations.

Linhui Sui, CEO of ET Solar USA, commented: "We are very delighted to launch our first tracking system project with the Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District, which represents a huge, potential market for future solar power projects in California. We believe that this first installation of dual-axis tracking systems will be the beginning of meeting the needs of those who are pursuing economic, renewable energy solutions to avoid ever rising electricity bills."

Dale Brogan, DEID General Manager, commented: " This is an exciting, cutting edge project and we are very proud to be the first to utilize the ET Solar dual-axis tracking system in the nation. This solar project represents our first step in the production of solar energy, and we are excited about the prospects of expanding the use of this technology to meet our broader energy needs in the District."

While the ET Solar dual-axis tracking systems may be new to the United States, the technology is not. Over 60 megawatts of solar projects have been installed in Europe over the past 5 years utilizing similar technology. ET Solar adapted the well-tested tracking systems to meet the North American electrical code. This DEID project is the first time ET Solar introduced such tracking systems to the American market. ET Solar also supplied solar modules to this project. The inverters are supplied by Fronius USA.

ET Solar is an integrated solar component manufacturer and a solar power solution provider headquartered in Nanjing, China.

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