ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (Nasdaq: ENER) and MP2 Capital, LLC today announced plans to collaborate on the development of a portfolio of rooftop solar installations in Ontario, Canada.
ECD and MP2 Capital will partner with Rumble Energy, an Ontario-based renewable energy developer, to install a series of rooftop solar projects throughout Ontario, Canada under the province's new feed-in-tariff program. By also partnering with other Ontario-based suppliers and contractors, the projects will meet the local content requirements set forth by the Ontario Power Authority. The companies expect to complete construction of approximately 10MW of projects by October 2010. ECD, through its wholly owned subsidiary, United Solar Ovonic, will provide UNI-SOLAR® brand photovoltaic laminates for the projects. MP2 Capital will lead the financing and development efforts for the projects.
Mark Morelli, ECD's president and CEO, said, "We look forward to partnering with MP2 Capital on this important project in Ontario. This is a good example of our demand-creation strategy, where we partner in the development of solar projects that have attractive rates of return for project investors. The Ontario Power Authority has demonstrated an impressive commitment to the promotion of renewable energy development and ECD intends to be a major player in the province in the years to come."
Mark Lerdal, MP2 Capital's CEO, stated, "We are pleased to partner with ECD on this exciting development effort. The feed-in-tariff structure in Ontario promotes this distributed generation rooftop model, and UNI-SOLAR laminates are ideal for solar rooftop installations."
About Energy Conversion Devices
Energy Conversion Devices is a leader in building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics. The company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to energy using proprietary technology. ECD's UNI-SOLAR® brand products are unique because of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and real-world efficiency. Through its Solar Integrated Technologies business, the company also designs, manufactures and installs rooftop photovoltaic systems which enable customers to transform unused space on the rooftop into a value-generating asset. For more information, please visit www.energyconversiondevices.com.
About MP2 Capital, LLC
MP2 Capital LLC develops, finances and invests in renewable energy projects worldwide. The firm was founded in 2006 and has a track record of successful development and operation of multiple solar projects throughout North America. The firm maintains a strong partnership culture that continually builds upon its deep and broad relationships with communities, landowners, local developers, utilities, energy providers, contractors, manufacturers, lenders and investors. The firm is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Learn more at www.MP2capital.com.
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning our plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future net sales or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to expansions, business trends and other information that is not historical information. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us on the date of this release and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Risks that could cause such results to differ include: our ability to sustain profitability; our ability to maintain our customer relationships; the worldwide demand for electricity and the market for solar energy; the supply and price of components and raw materials for our products; and our customers' ability to access the capital needed to finance the purchase of our products. The risk factors identified in the ECD filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, could impact any forward-looking statements contained in this release.
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