SAN DIEGO, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Reno Contracting announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Envision Solar (OTC Bulletin Board: EVSI), a leading sustainable infrastructure designer and developer deploying clean energy systems globally. Under the alliance, Reno will construct Envision's Solar Tree® integrated solar parking arrays, including EnvisionTrak™ tracking technology and CleanCharge™ system-integrated charging stations for electric vehicles, in locations throughout the southwest United States. Plans call for a first project during Q2 2011, followed by an accelerated multi-location rollout at corporate and commercial campuses through this year and beyond.
Envision's Solar Tree® with integrated EnvisionTrak™ and CleanCharge™ systems together comprise a highly engineered parking area solar array charging system that is 20 to 25% more productive than conventional fixed solar photovoltaic systems. This increase is achieved by incorporating hybrid multi - access tracking, which enables the solar panels to follow the sun throughout the day. Energy from the panels will be used to charge electric vehicles or delivered to the power grid. Feeding all excess solar energy back into the power grid supports the State of California's mandate of reaching 33% renewable energy by 2020.
Under the agreement, Reno Contracting will assist Envision in refining procurement of project materials; logistics for fabrication and delivery; entitlement and permitting; master scheduling; pricing; construction management and other construction related services. The company also will provide its extensive energy efficiency expertise.
The new alliance is the latest example of Reno Contracting's commitment to providing energy efficient/sustainable contracting services through its energy efficiency division, Reno Efficient Sustainable Practices (www.renoesp.com). The company's selection of Envision Solar is a response to anticipated dramatic growth in both the solar and the electric vehicle market over the next decade, as well as a shared vision and philosophy, according to Reno Contracting President Walt Fegley.
Last year, leading companies, including Staples, Frito Lay and Aramark, introduced all-electric fleet vehicles and have plans to add to their fleets in 2011, Fegley noted. Companies like these, as well as any business or educational institution that wants to provide an all-electric vehicle option, must have a green solution for their charging needs; plugging into a grid-tied outlet isn't the solution, he said.
"Envision Solar's EnvisionTrak™ and CleanCharge™ systems provide a viable, clean-powering way forward in the face of instability surrounding global oil markets," said Fegley. "The system addresses criticism that electric vehicles charged solely from the power grid are using energy created in large part from burning coal or other fossil fuels, and therefore are creating greenhouse gases. Electric vehicles that are charged at the CleanCharge™ system can truly be considered zero emission vehicles. Additionally, the high level architecture of Envision's Solar Tree® designs complement any facility, in a market which often times is only dollar driven to the exclusion of quality design. We believe it will set the standard for smart, efficient solar electric car charging."
Fegley continued: "In addition, Envision's Solar Master Planning expertise is invaluable to our larger clients who need to consider a broader renewable energy strategy for their facilities."
Robert Noble, CEO of Envision Solar, said: "We've long been familiar with Reno's standing as a leading commercial general contractor. It is their excellent reputation and core expertise, combined with a unique understanding of sustainable construction and hands-on experience with solar projects that make this a logical partnership for our company."
Reno Contracting has dedicated itself to progressive efficient processes, quality people and exemplary values in order to deliver outstanding value and service to their clients. Reno specializes in build-to-suit services for the biotech, medical, commercial, industrial and retail industries; solar PV; sustainable "green" construction; and tenant improvements. ENR: Engineering News-Record in 2009 and 2010 ranked Reno 9th in Southern California and 64th nationwide among Green Contractors, based on contracting revenue from registered sustainable projects. For further information on Reno Contracting, please visit www.renocon.com.
Envision Solar International, Inc.
Envision Solar (OTCBB: EVSI), www.envisionsolar.com, is a leading sustainable infrastructure planner and architect designing and deploying clean energy systems globally. The solar master planning firm provides strategic long-term solutions including comprehensive sustainability planning and optimizing designs for solar array structures. Founded by leading sustainable design architect Robert Noble, the company is a leader in the invention and construction of solar structures that address unused millions of acres of parking spaces. Its innovative systems include products for commercial, residential, and institutions, such as EnvisionTrak™, CleanCharge™, Solar Tree®, Solar Grove®, Solar Row™, LifePort®, LifePod™, LifeVillage™ solar systems and others. Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbolOTCBB: EVSI. For more information on the company, contact 1-866-746-0514.
SOURCE Reno Contracting