CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Down the road from the offices of Bosch Solar
Energy, Spotlight Solar and Southern Energy Management, people
are stopping to look at a remarkable new solar installation on
the parking lot of Discovery Place. Two 20-foot, brightly
colored solar trees, which utilize Bosch high performance
photovoltaic modules, stand tall at the science museum. The
installation's prominent downtown location helps to raise
awareness and understanding of solar among hundreds of
thousands of Charlotte residents and visitors.
"We are pleased to be able to support the Discovery Place's
efforts to educate people about the importance of conserving
energy and investing in renewable technology," said Eric
Daniels, regional president, Solar Energy North America, Robert
Bosch LLC. "This installation uses a novel approach to build
appreciation for solar energy, and also demonstrates that it
can look great in our architectural landscape."
Each tree has two branches which hold a total of twelve Bosch
solar modules. One tree is blue and the other orange, which
provide a bold and unconventional contrast to the parking lot
space. The total energy produced will be used to power an
electric vehicle charging station and offset energy usage in a
nearby educational building.
As property owners implement solar systems to save on energy
costs and benefit the environment, they also appreciate the
differentiation solar can provide the property and the city.
Craig Merrigan, CEO of Spotlight Solar, the company that
designed and manufactured the trees, commented that "the
ultimate goal of the project is to make solar more visible and
to increase the number of visitors to Discovery Place, where
they can learn about renewable energy."
"This striking installation shows Discovery Place's innovative
character, and builds intrigue for solar," said Bob Kingery,
CEO of Southern Energy Management. "We have installed solar
around the southeastern U.S. for the last 10 years, and this is
the most distinctive installation to date."
Southern Energy Management provided system integration design
and service for both the solar structures and an electric
vehicle charging station. All three companies involved will
continue their contribution by lending expertise to a solar
education event for the public, to be announced shortly. For
more photos, please copy and paste the following addresses into
your web browser to direct you to the Bosch Solar Energy
Facebook site and Spotlight Solar's photo gallery.
About Bosch Solar Energy
The Bosch Group's Solar Energy division, headquartered in
Arnstadt, Germany, is a leading supplier of photovoltaic
products. Together with its subsidiaries, Solar Energy employs
more than 3,500 associates worldwide. From small-scale plants
for family homes to finished large-scale photovoltaic projects,
Solar Energy offers high-quality solar cells and modules for
photovoltaic power generation. The division also develops
top-quality turnkey solar power plants. In this area, Solar
Energy handles the building of solar power plants, from initial
planning to turnkey handover.
Solar Energy is part of the Bosch Group, a leading global
supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive
and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building
technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3
billion euros in fiscal 2010. Bosch enhances the quality of
life by providing solutions which are both innovative and
For more information please visit www.bosch-solarenergy.com,
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures
and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket
products, industrial drives and control technology, power
tools, security and communication systems, packaging
technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar
energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innnovations.
Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs
over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales
of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011, per preliminary figures.
For more information, visit www.boschusa.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and
services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000
associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros ($71.5
billion) in the areas of automotive and industrial technology,
consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal year 2011.
The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than
350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries.
If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is
represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide
development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation
for further growth. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros ($5.5
billion) for research and development in 2011, and applied for
over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and
services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing
solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Further
information is available online at www.bosch.com and
About Southern Energy Management
Southern Energy Management is a North Carolina-based
sustainable energy company offering energy efficiency, green
building and turn-key solar services for homeowners, builders,
companies, government and military clients across the country.
A certified B Corp, SEM's mission is to have a measurable
impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to
climate change, and to build a sustainable triple-bottom-line
company. SEM was founded in a living room in Raleigh in 2001,
and now employs a team of more than 100 sustainable energy
professionals. SEM is consistently recognized as an industry
leader both locally and nationally, and is among a small
handful of companies in the U.S. to earn the 2012 National
Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award, having earned Partner
of the Year six consecutive times. SEM also received the City
of Raleigh 2011 Environmental Stewardship Award and the 2010
Green Jobs Award from SJF Institute & Green For All.
For more information, visit www.southern-energy.com.
About Spotlight Solar
Spotlight Solar makes solar systems which look like sculpture.
These structures make solar energy more visible and attractive,
providing physical expression for environmental stewardship.
Spotlight systems are designed to complement other
environmental investments, such as rooftop solar sys-tems,
which are normally hidden.
Discovery Place Solar Installation - 2012 - March 2012