SOURCE: SilRay, Inc.

June 09, 2015 08:33 ET

SilRay Completes Commercial Solar Installation for High-Tech Manufacturer Leadman Electronics

287 kW Rooftop Solar Array Allows Contract Manufacturer to Lead Other Silicon Valley High-Tech Firms Into a Renewable Energy Future

LOS ALTOS, CA and SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 9, 2015) - Today SilRay, Inc., a turnkey developer of solar power plants and an independent solar power producer, announces the completion of a 287 kW rooftop solar array on the headquarters of Leadman Electronics, a Silicon Valley-based provider of the high-tech components products and online logistics-management services nationwide to major national electronics firms, including Apple.

The 52,860 square-foot facility houses 958 roof-mounted solar panels that are expected to provide nearly 100% of the facility's electricity needs, which is no easy accomplishment. Production lines at the facility run 24/7, and manufacturing electronic components requires an immense amount of energy.

According to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) analysis, it takes 1 million times more energy to manufacture highly integrated microcircuitry (Leadman's specialty) than it does traditional manufacturing. By deciding to produce its own clean electricity, Leadman is allowing Silicon Valley Power, the local utility, to direct more of its energy to serving residential customers, as well as taking some strain off the grid infrastructure.

In addition, Silicon Valley Power is one of the few local utility companies in Northern California still offering generous solar rebates at $0.12 per KWh generated. By combining federal tax incentives and Silicon Valley Power's rebates, Leadman will see 100% return on investment (ROI) within three years, at which point the factory will produce free electricity for the next 25 years and more.

"We are committed to serving our community with sustainable high-tech manufacturing practices," said Dr. Hao Nguyen, Leadman's Vice President of Operations. "We could not have done this without the guidance, expertise and commitment to excellence of SilRay -- we couldn't be happier with their work."

Leadman chose SilRay to develop the project after a rigorous review of five companies in the hypercompetitive Silicon Valley market -- but SilRay clearly stood above the rest.

"After talking to SilRay executives about what we wanted to accomplish, we felt immensely confident they were the company with whom we wanted to work," Dr. Hao said. "Their commitment to excellence mirrored our own, which is unusual for a company outside of the high-tech market. It was invigorating to work with such a dedicated team."

SilRay's President and CEO April Zhong says it was a pleasure to work with a company so committed to making the world a better place.

"Leadman's leadership team has a long-term vision to be a green pioneer in the contract manufacturing industry," Zhong said. "I deeply believe that being a green manufacturer will become a key criterion for companies prospecting for partners and vendors. As it has so often in the past, Leadman is on the forefront of a Silicon Valley revolution, and we were happy to play a part in this essential step in its green evolution. We believe the rest of Silicon Valley's high-tech companies will follow Leadman's lead."

The project, on which construction began on April 1, will be completed later this month.

About SilRay

SilRay, Inc. is an award-winning full-service commercial solar energy developer headquartered in Los Altos, Calif. Founded in 2007 with multiple megawatts (MW) of projects in operation, SilRay provides turnkey, vertically integrated commercial solar solutions and customized financing mechanisms to fit each client's needs. SilRay uses the highest-quality equipment and the most advanced system integration technologies to allow the most efficient solar energy production compared to market norms. SilRay has won numerous distinctions and awards including U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Retail Energy Firm of the Year, ASIAN, Inc. Minority Business Enterprise of the Year and Top Business, and 100Fast Growing Asian American Business award in 2015Visit SilRay online at

About Leadman Electronics

Leadman Electronics, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., delivers the highest-quality technology products and online logistics management services nationwide. It is committed to helping companies power their businesses with its dedication and support. Founded in 1986 as a PC distributor, Leadman Electronics is now a leading provider of ODM/OEM solutions, providing hardware engineering expertise and custom solutions for a wide range of applications. With more than 20 years of experience in the computer industry, Leadman has the knowledge and capabilities it takes to help products succeed. Visit Leadman Electronics online at

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