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REC Solar and One Block Off the Grid

REC Solar and One Block Off the Grid

August 03, 2009 09:19 ET

Innovative Solar Group Purchase Program Comes to Denver Metro Region

REC Solar and 1BOG Introduce First "Solar Buying Club" to Mile High City

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - August 3, 2009) - Two solar power leaders have joined forces to make solar power more affordable for metro area businesses and residents.

REC Solar (www.recsolar.com), an industry-leading provider of residential and commercial solar electric systems, and One Block Off the Grid (1BOG, www.1bog.org), the largest residential solar community purchasing group in the US, will offer a unique group buying program that allows consumers to pool purchases and receive lower rates for solar installations -- making it easier and cheaper to bring solar to Denver area rooftops.

"Our goal is to dramatically increase solar in the Mile High City and beyond," said 1BOG Co-Founder and General Manager Dave Llorens. "This is a great opportunity to bring together friends, family, and neighbors to save money and reduce energy consumption."

"Our partnership with 1BOG is a win for consumers and communities across the Denver metro area," said Cary Hayes, REC Solar Colorado regional manager. "By having multiple solar projects in one neighborhood, we can lower installation costs and simplify the buying process for homeowners, while making a difference for our neighborhoods and our environment."

The Denver area program includes Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville and Littleton, as well as the Highlands Ranch and Stapleton neighborhoods. The deadline to sign up for the program is August 20.

Raising Awareness for Group Solar Buying Program

Representatives from REC Solar and 1BOG have fanned out across the metro area to spread the word about the group-buying program. In addition to e-mail and community organizing campaigns, the firms are posting lawn signs, handing out t-shirts in neighborhoods and hosting house parties to raise awareness.

REC and 1BOG will also host a series of free seminars to further educate consumers on the financial benefits of going solar and the discounted pricing available through this community purchase program. The seminars will take place:

--  Monday, Aug. 3rd, 7:00-8:00pm, at the Highlands Ranch Library, 9292
    Ridgeline Blvd., in Highlands Ranch, 80129
    
--  Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 7:00-8:00pm, at the Lafayette Public Library, 775
    W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 80026
    
--  Friday, Aug. 7th, 6:00-7:00pm, at the Hiawatha Davis Recreation
    Center, 3334 Holly St., Denver, 80207
    

1BOG selected REC Solar as its Denver area partner, in part for its established Colorado presence and its industry leadership in the depth, breadth, and quality of its solar design, engineering and installation services. For the past two years REC has installed more solar electric systems in the United States than any other company.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with 1BOG, a firm that shares our unwavering commitment to delivering excellent results for our customers, for each and every installation," said Hayes. "We are excited about expanding solar energy in Colorado and working with homeowners and businesses that see the triple bottom line benefits of solar."

"With its national presence and its vision to make solar electricity part of the mainstream energy supply, REC is helping us deliver exceptional value to the Denver area," said Llorens. "Our combined strengths allow us to deliver the best deal ever."

ABOUT REC SOLAR

REC Solar is an industry-leading solar power provider specializing in grid-tied residential and commercial installations. With a local presence in all major solar markets in the USA and millions of watts installed, REC Solar is committed to lowering the cost of solar power through efficient processes, innovative products, and outstanding customer service. REC Solar is among the nation's largest solar integrators and currently has over a dozen offices throughout 5 states (CA, CO, HI, OR and AZ). For additional information on REC Solar visit www.recsolar.com or call 1-888-OK-SOLAR (888-657-6527).

ABOUT 1BOG

1BOG is a community-based initiative -- the largest in the country -- focused on driving widespread adoption of renewable energy and sustainable solutions through education, community building and collective bargaining programs. San Francisco-based 1BOG was founded in June 2008 and has quickly demonstrated the power of community purchasing for solar energy. For more information please visit http://www.1BOG.org.

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