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June 22, 2012 07:00 ET

Sky Factory Is the First Net-Zero Solar Powered Business in Iowa

FAIRFIELD, IA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2012) -  Sky Factory, a global fine art and technology company that creates virtual skylights and faux windows for interior environments, has just become the first net-zero solar powered business in the state. Designed and installed by Fairfield's Ideal Energy, the 3,500 sq. ft. photovoltaic panel array, generating 54 kilowatts, is the largest private installation in Iowa and will cover 104% of Sky Factory's power needs.

Members of the Fairfield community and beyond gathered to celebrate the launch of this landmark renewable energy system. Sky Factory founder Bill Witherspoon explained that the choice to go solar was easy. "Our 'eco-conscience' tells us that implementing renewable energy systems is the right thing to do -- a necessity for a sustainable future. Sky Factory's solar array is a manifestation of a consensus-based company and represents our unified desire to develop and act on that inner knowing."

Nearly 100 children participated in a collective reading of the original Eco-Conscience Pledge. Witherspoon explains, "Long-term, our eco-conscience lies with those young people of the world who possess sufficient purity of heart and forward-looking vision to continually remind us through their committed speech and actions that we must do the right thing for the future life of the planet. In this role, each quietly reminds our families, our schools, our communities, and the world of what we must do."

Mayor Ed Malloy stepped up to the vintage Power Wagon podium and acknowledged Sky Factory's move to solar as a realization of goals established by Fairfield's Go Green Commission. Ideal Energy owner Troy Van Beek explained, "It's inspiring for us to work with companies who are creating models for positive change. The original proposal was for a 20kW system, but Sky Factory made a consensus-based decision to more than double the size and cover 100% of their power needs."

For more information on Sky Factory's solar array, to download the Eco-Conscience Pledge and watch event videos, visit

About Sky Factory
The Sky Factory, LC is a unique fine art and technology company based in Fairfield, Iowa. Founded in 2002 by artist and entrepreneur Bill Witherspoon, the company creates realistic Illusions of Nature -- virtual skylights and windows -- that transform interior spaces and enliven our innate biophilia. Sky Factory products are designed and manufactured in Fairfield, Iowa, and distributed globally through authorized International Partners.

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