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January 20, 2011 18:55 ET

Martifer Solar USA Moves North County Transit District Towards a Greener Future

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - January 20, 2011) - The North County Transit District (NCTD) transportation network contracted Martifer Solar USA for a combined 482.52kW of ground and roof-mounted solar arrays on the Sprinter rail line and Breeze bus line maintenance facilities. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funded the solar projects.

Martifer Solar is working within NCTD's Sustainability Plan to assist the agency's green initiatives to yield community, economic and environmental benefits. "NCTD is looking forward to taking these next steps towards renewable energy capabilities across a variety of locations throughout the Sprinter and Breeze service areas," said Angela Miller, Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer for NCTD.

"North County Transit District is to be commended for their increasing use of solar power to bring down energy costs, and as part of a broader initiative to become a more environmentally friendly public agency," said Irene Stillings, Executive Director of the California Center for Sustainable Energy. "Projects such as this demonstrate how solar can yield both economic and environmental benefits for the community."

The ground and roof-mounted arrays are anticipated to save the North County Transit District an estimated $86,000 dollars per year and will offset the emissions of approximately 1,141,488pounds of CO2 annually. The solar systems at NCTD will supply enough clean, renewable energy to offset the electricity usage of approximately 104 average California homes per year.

"Martifer is proud to be working with the NCTD to further their green initiatives and commitment to San Diego citizens," said CEO of Martifer Solar USA Raffi Agopian. "Our company is rooted in Southern California and we want to preserve and sustain our state's natural resources."

Martifer Solar USA has implemented multiple solar systems for California public transit operations including the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Lancaster and the Big Blue Bus maintenance facility in Santa Monica.

About Martifer Solar USA
Los Angeles based Martifer Solar USA specializes in the design, engineering and installation of residential, commercial and industrial-scale photovoltaic electric systems and components. Martifer Solar USA has been installing systems within the U.S. since 2001 as a division of the Martifer Group, (www.Martifer.pt), a publicly traded construction and renewable energy company. To date, Martifer Solar has participated in the implementation of over 100MW of photovoltaic solar energy worldwide.