For Immediate Release
May 11, 2001
Santa Cruz, CA - Artwork Conversion Software, a Santa Cruz based developer of software, has gone solar - it signed a contract with EcoEnergies of Sunnyvale to install a 2 kilowatt photovoltaic array on the roof of the company's Westside building.
When completed later this summer, the 24 solar panels should provide about 50% of Artwork's power requirements during summer afternoons when the likelihood of rolling blackouts is highest. A bank of batteries will provide sufficient storage to keep the company running for 6-8 hours should a blackout last that long.
During the weekends, when the company's power usage is low, the solar panels will supply power back to the PG&E grid, spinning Artwork's meter backwards.
According to Steve DiBartolomeo, president of Artwork, the decision to go this way was easy.
It's typically a long payback as these systems have a high up front cost. But if electricity rates continue to rise as they have in the last year our payback will come a lot sooner. Should energy costs really rise, we can double the solar capacity merely by adding panels as the inverter and other components can handle the additional load."
For more information contact: Steve DiBartolomeo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 831 426-6163.