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PV Powered Wins Stage 2 SEGIS Award – A Competitive DOE Grant Developed to Enable High Grid Penetration of PV
US Department of Energy award recognizes strength of PV Powered-led team and the company’s position as a grid-tied PV inverter innovator

Bend, Ore. (July 31, 2008) - PV Powered, Inc., a US manufacturer of grid-tied photovoltaic inverters and industry leader in reliability, installability and maintainability, announced that it has been selected to receive a Stage 2 award under the Solar Energy Grid Integration System (SEGIS) program by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and contract manager, Sandia National Laboratories. As one of five companies selected – down from the original 12 contractors in Phase 1, this award reaffirms the company’s role as an innovation engine in the industry.

The PV Powered-led team for the Phase 2 work includes recognized distributed energy and smart grid leaders Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR), Northern Plains Power Technologies, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, and Sensus. All are committed to the research and development (R&D) necessary to fuel innovations that increase energy harvest, reduce the cost of PV systems, and remove barriers to high levels of PV grid penetration.

“The smart grid has the potential to be more responsive, reliable, integrated and efficient than the traditional power grid when distributed generation sources like PV are tightly integrated from the start,” said Steve Hummel, vice president of engineering at PV Powered. “The synergy of our team, technology companies working with utility companies fueled by government programs and consumer demands, ensures we will have the technology for supporting utility requirements of the future.”

The $24 million SEGIS project was developed by the U.S. DOE to encourage the development of new technology and products to significantly accelerate penetration of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems into the utility grids of America. The SEGIS project funds critical R&D to ensure solar energy solutions are cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity. The grant aids PV Powered’s progress with the innovation and development of critical enabling technologies that will foster broad acceptance of PV across the utility market.

When then presidential candidate Barack Obama visited PV Powered in May 2008, he delivered a strongly supportive speech on renewable energy issues and referred to PV Powered as “a workshop of the future.” Gregg Patterson, CEO of PV Powered concurred. “We have a track record of industry and technology firsts. The SEGIS award is one more example and proof point. We are out in front of the competition, leading the way with critical innovations that are addressing the reliability, energy harvest and overall cost of ownership for the large scale solar systems our customers are planning to build. The answers for the future of solar energy are being worked on at PV Powered today.”

About PV Powered

Founded in 2003 and based in Bend, Ore., the privately funded company designs, manufactures and markets the solar industry's most efficient photovoltaic solar inverter solutions. With thousands of its products in use nationwide, PV Powered is the largest inverter manufacturer in the U.S. and brings together one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics. For more information, see www.pvpowered.com.

About Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully-integrated electric utility that serves more than 814,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. For more information, see www.PortlandGeneral.com.

About Northern Plains Power Technologies

Northern Plains Power Technologies (NPPT) is an engineering services firm providing support to the renewable electricity industry. NPPT primarily performs computer simulation services, and can provide model development, model verification, complex system simulation, and development of system design and control requirements and recommendations. The company works with National Laboratories, utilities, manufacturers of renewable energy equipment, and other engineering services firms. NPPT is based in Brookings, South Dakota. For more information, see www.northernplainspower.com.

About Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Celebrating 25 years of innovation in 2009, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) serves the electric power industry worldwide through the design, manufacture, supply, and support of products and services for power system protection, monitoring, control, automation, and metering. SEL offers unmatched local technical support, a worldwide, ten-year product warranty, and a commitment to making electric power safer, more reliable, and more economical. For more information, see www.selinc.com.

About Sensus

Sensus is a time-tested technology and communications company providing data collection and metering solutions for water, gas and electric utilities around the world. Sensus is a transforming force for the utilities of tomorrow through its ability to help customers optimize resources, as well as to meet conservation and customer service objectives. Sensus customers rely on the company for expert, reliable service in order to meet challenges and exceed goals. For more information, see www.sensus.com.

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Erick Petersen
PV Powered
Ph: (541) 788-0797