By Harnessing Power of Group-Buying, One Block Off the Grid to Help Long Islanders Go Solar

Group deal once again enables Long Island homeowners to purchase solar panels and installation at 15 percent discount

Mar 21, 2011, 06:00 ET from One Block Off the Grid

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar group-buying leader One Block Off the Grid today announced the launch of a 90-day deal on home solar systems in Long Island, NY. Using group purchasing power, One Block Off the Grid has secured a 15 percent group discount on both panels and installation on behalf of all Long Island homeowners. The deal is being offered in partnership with panel manufacturer Canadian Solar and one of the East Coast's leading installers, Mercury Solar Systems.

"Now that the LIPA rebate is once again fully funded, we're encouraging Long Island homeowners to move forward with going solar now," said Dave Llorens, CEO and founder of One Block Off the Grid. "The LIPA rebate is strong and can cover up to $17,500 of a homeowners' solar installation costs. One Block Off the Grid's deal brings the total cost down further, but it only lasts 90 days. There's a real imperative to move forward now."

One Block Off the Grid negotiates group discounts in markets where there are strong incentives and rebates for going solar. Long Island residents can combine One Block Off the Grid's discount with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) rebate to significantly reduce their overall cost. Homeowners will also receive a federal tax credit equivalent to 30 percent of the cost of the solar system.

Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar companies—known for the high quality and performance of its solar panels—has entered into this important partnership with One Block to help support affordable solar opportunities for Long Island.

"We are pleased to assist One Block Off the Grid in the drive to make solar available to homes and businesses," said Alan King, vice president of Canadian Solar USA. "This opportunity provides the community a cost-saving advantage to install clean, renewable solar power."

The deal also includes installation of those panels by Mercury Solar Systems with which One Block Off the Grid partnered during its first Long Island solar group discount in July 2010.

"We have partnered with One Block Off The Grid in several markets, including Long Island last year," said Jared Haines, President of Mercury Solar Systems. "We believe our success is driven by our ability to offer local homeowners the best product on the market: a top-of-the-line solar system at a great price, installed by one of the most experienced companies."

This is the second solar group discount One Block Off the Grid has offered in Long Island.

"Long Islanders have a strong record of conservation and protecting the environment," said Dave Llorens. "We know there are a lot of Long Island households that would like to make the transition to clean, renewable energy and we're here to help them do that."

The Long Island group discount on solar kicks off on March 21, 2011 and is available until May 21, 2011. To participate and get a free evaluation for solar over the phone, homeowners should sign up on the One Block Off the Grid website, http://1bog.org

About One Block Off the Grid

One Block Off the Grid organizes group discounts on solar energy. Since 2008, One Block Off the Grid has run over 50 group deals in ten different states and helped thousands of homeowners go solar. In addition to providing group discounts, the company vets solar installers on behalf of homeowners and manages the entire installation process from beginning to end, at no charge. The company has been featured in dozens of major media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Marketplace, Wired, Time, and GOOD Magazine. For more information, visit http://1bog.org

About Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)

Canadian Solar Inc. is a leading vertically integrated provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module and other solar applications. Canadian Solar designs, manufactures and delivers solar products and solar systems for on-grid and off-grid use to customers worldwide. Canadian Solar is one of the world's largest solar module producers by manufacturing capacity. With operations in North America, Europe, and Asia, Canadian Solar provides premium quality, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solar solutions to support global sustainable development. For more information, visit http://www.canadian-solar.com

About Mercury Solar Systems

Mercury Solar Systems is one of the leading solar integrators on the East Coast and Inc 500's "10th Fastest Growing Energy Company". The Company designs and installs solar energy systems for the commercial and residential marketplace and to date has installed over 1,200 solar systems in excess of 18 megawatts of solar energy. Mercury Solar Systems is a subsidiary of Mercury Energy, a leading provider of solar energy systems throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.mercurysolarsystems.com

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