SOURCE: San Diego Gas & Electric

San Diego Gas & Electric

October 22, 2009 13:22 ET

Media Advisory: SDG&E to Test Innovative, Water-Suspended Solar Energy Technology Developed in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) -

WHAT:        Sporting knee-high water boots, San Diego-based Pyron Solar
             workers will delicately maneuver and install highly sensitive
             solar equipment in a shallow pool of water.  The technology
             utilizes acrylic lenses and a dual-tracking system to
             concentrate the sun's rays and focus the sunlight on glass
             optic components.  The glass optic spreads the sunlight evenly
             over advanced photovoltaic cells to generate electricity.
             When fully operational later this year, the resulting 20
             kilowatts of solar-generated electricity will be used on-site
             at SDG&E's Mission Control/Skills Training Center.

WHY:         California has some of the most aggressive goals in the nation
             to reduce greenhouse gases and utilities are being required to
             purchase a greater share of their energy from renewable
             sources. The objective of the 18-month demonstration project
             is to validate the technology for potential broad commercial

WHEN:        Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, 11 a.m.

WHERE:       SDG&E Skills Training Center
             9060 Friars Road
             San Diego, CA 92108

WHO:         Hal Snyder, vice president of customer solutions, SDG&E
             Stephanie Rosenthal, president and chief operating officer,
             Pyron Solar of San Diego

HOW:         --  First installation of its kind in the United States.
             --  Technology is unique.

DIRECTIONS:  From Highway 163: Exit Friars Road and head east.  Turn left,
             just after driving under the I-805, onto 9060 Friars Road.

             From I-8 East: Take 15 N exit.  Exit Friars Road West.  Pass
             Costco and IKEA.  Turn right at 9060 Friars Rd.  The turn is
             right before I-805 overpass.  Look for a "Private Road" sign
             and turn into the driveway.  You will receive security
             clearance at the guard shack. Photo identification is required
             for entry.  Continue up the hill to the Skills Training
             Administration building.  Visitors must register at Skills
             Training Center office.

Contact Information

    Denise King
    (877) 866-2066 (media line)
    (213) 364-9566 (mobile)