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PV Powered to receive Oregon Solar Pioneer Award

Bend, ORE - April 16, 2008

PV Powered, a Bend, Oregon company that specializes in the manufacture of grid-tied solar inverters, will receive the Oregon Solar Pioneer Award during the 3rd Annual Northwest Solar Expo event this week. Solar Expo runs from April 16-20 at the Portland Convention Center.

Each year, the Oregon Department of Energy recognizes an individual or company that has been a pioneer in the development of Oregon’s solar industry. PV Powered will receive the award during a special ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18 as part of the official conference opening of Solar Expo.

“PV Powered is one of the few U.S. companies to successfully challenge the dominance of foreign solar inverter manufacturers and help to build the U.S. renewable energy market,” said Christopher Dymond, Senior Energy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy. “Oregon is committed to being a leader in renewable energy and PV Powered is integral to that vision.”

In the past two years, PV Powered has grown from just over 20 employees to nearly 60, with plans to reach 100 by early 2009. In the past year, the company has expanded its product line and received certification on 10 new inverters, including new products for both residential and three-phase commercial installations.

An inverter is a critical element in a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. Inverters convert the DC electricity generated by PV arrays into the AC electricity used in homes and businesses. Recently, inverters have evolved into remarkably sophisticated devices that manage and condition power in order to maximize the harvest of solar energy.

“PV Powered has hired the best and the brightest from within the solar industry and leading high tech companies, locally and from around the nation. This expertise is being leveraged to realize the company’s commitment to designing the most reliable inverters in the industry,” Dymond explained. “Oregon is privileged to count PV Powered among its growing ranks of solar manufacturers.“

About the Oregon Department of Energy

The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, loans, technical assistance and energy information for homes, businesses, manufacturing, farms, ranches, schools and governments. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-221-8035 or check the web site at

About PV Powered

Founded in 2003 and based in Bend, Oregon, PV Powered is the largest US-based manufacturer of grid-tied solar power inverter technology. Designed for highest reliability and manufactured in the U.S.A., PV Powered products are UL Listed, and have the highest efficiency ratings in the solar market today. With thousands of its products in use nationwide, PV Powered combines one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics with a commitment to superior service and support. For more information, call 1-541-312-3832 or visit

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