SOURCE: e5 Clean Energy

April 29, 2008 23:31 ET

Cost-Effective Integrated Solar Solutions From e5 Clean Energy Provide Commercial Customers With Reliable, Emission-Free Power

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AGOURA HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - With energy costs hitting new all-time highs, businesses in the manufacturing, agricultural and food processing sectors are feeling the squeeze. Although many industries are heavily dependant on plentiful and affordable energy, next to the airlines and freight forwarders, few are as sensitive to price fluctuations as growers and other food-related businesses. A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the food processing sector alone currently consumes about 6 percent of the total energy used by all U.S. industries.

While price spikes in the oil, gas and electricity markets may once have been considered an unavoidable cost of doing business, emerging sources of renewable energy are now offering alternatives. One such option is "grid-tied" on-site solar systems which enable businesses to convert otherwise wasted rooftop space into emission-free, self-contained power plants. e5 Clean Energy of Agoura Hills, Calif. is an emerging vendor in this growing market, offering its clients a broad spectrum of "integrated solar solutions," robust enough to supply a large portion of their energy needs during the "high demand" time of day.

Ronald Means, CEO of e5 Clean Energy, says that with oil substantially over $100 a barrel, and the memory of California's infamous "rolling blackouts" still fresh, it's an approach that is catching on fast. He cites a report issued this week by the Solar Energy Industries Association which found that the installation of rooftop solar energy systems by businesses grew an impressive 45 percent last year alone.

The completely self-contained solar power solutions are dubbed "grid-tied" systems because they're connected to the local energy grid, enabling the business to sell unneeded power to the area utility provider. Industry observers say the trend has been spurred by federal tax incentives and increasing power costs.

"The capital costs required to purchase, install and maintain solar energy systems created a strong barrier for most businesses," he commented. "e5 Clean Energy's Solar Solutions provide our customers with the infrastructure at no cost and deliver reliable, clean solar power at a competitive and predicable price. The only thing we require of our customers is that they purchase the solar power our systems are generating."

Once installed on the rooftop of the customer, e5 Clean Energy acts as a private utility, delivering electricity as needed on a fixed-price basis. The e5 system can also serve as an emergency backup power resource, a real plus for facilities in urban areas that occasionally experience power interruptions at peak hours.

"We see having the availability of a reliable secondary energy source as a strong selling point for businesses interested in mitigating risk and avoiding costly downtime with a 'solar safety net,'" Mr. Means added.

"By greatly reducing our clients' energy costs they can lower operating expenses while managing their greenhouse gas output," he said. "It even gives them a chance to demonstrate to stakeholders that they're dong the right thing environmentally, which is a win-win for everyone."

With little chance of price stability in the utility market anytime soon, e5 Clean Energy executives predict many more companies will turn to solar, although they expect the market will become more selective in choosing a renewable energy partner and increasingly demanding when it comes to choosing a comprehensive solution. By beginning each client relationship with a thorough analysis of their energy usage, e5 engineers can create highly customized effective strategies to reduce costs and manage future energy supply risks.

"Our focus is on creating a truly integrated solution that both reduces GHG emissions to an absolute minimum while maximizing the benefits of the solar electric system to its fullest potential," Mr. Means stated. "In addition to installing, maintaining and monitoring our clients' renewable energy supply, we partner with industry experts to assess each customer's carbon footprint and help them manage the financial risks associated with future regulations related to GHG emissions."

Why the e5 Clean Energy Approach to Solar is Unique:

e5 Clean Energy is in the business of selling clean power, not solar systems. e5 Clean Energy designs, installs, and maintains customized solar energy systems for their clean energy clients to provide them with an additional source of power at a competitive and predicable price. An e5 customer pays only for the power generated from the solar system through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), and saves money over the course of the contract by locking in their cost of power.

About e5 Clean Energy

e5 Clean Energy is committed to a cleaner environment through the vision of a more efficient, distributed, and competitive renewable energy infrastructure. e5 supplies dependable and economically viable renewable solar power using sustainable technologies. They are able to deliver clean, reliable solar power at competitive rates, save their customers money, and serve as a company's local clean power company.

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