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NAO TAKASUGI
Assemblyman, Thirty-Seventh District
COMMITTEES:

Vice Chairman
Revenue and Taxation

Member:
Governmental Organization
International Trade & Development
Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency & Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DECEMBER 8, 1997
CONTACT: JOE PIECHOWSKI
(805) 987-5195



ASSEMBLYMAN TAKASUGI:
AGREEMENT WILL AID SOLAR TECHNOLOGY


Assemblyman Nao Takasugi (R-Oxnard), announced today that the California Energy Commission recently approved a contract of $1,710,694 for the commercialization of CIS Thin Film Photovoltaics in a cooperative agreement with Camarillo-based Siemens Solar Industries (SSI).

"This program will facilitate the entrance of new renewable energy technologies into the marketplace by reducing financial barriers to commercialization and by leveraging private sector funds," said Takasugi.

The Energy Commission's interest is to provide California the greatest opportunity for a clean, affordable, and secure energy future. Siemens Solar Industries is the world's largest manufacturer of photovoltaic products.

The amount covered in the contract comes from a U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant. In July 1996, the DOE, under its Commercialization Ventures Program, solicited applications for financial assistance from state energy offices, in a team arrangement with private-sector organizations. The projects would accelerate commercialization of emerging renewable energy technologies.

Assemblyman Takasugi notes the program's objectives: "California pioneered the development of photovoltaics. With such projects, we hope to reduce production costs and increase commercialization of this technology. Such advances are especially relevant, as consumers can choose renewable energy for their electricity when California deregulates its electric utility industry in January 1998."

Siemens Solar Industries has defined the processes to make these products, identified the equipment needed to upgrade the existing facility, and has proposed a strategy for installation of test arrays into a range of harsh environmental conditions. For more information, contact Clay Aldrich of Siemens Solar Industries at (805) 388-6256 or Claudia Chandler of the California Energy Commission at (916) 654-4989.



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