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July 20, 2009

SunValley Solar Inc. and Canadian Solar Team With GRID Alternatives to Provide Solar Energy to Low-Income Families Across the State of California

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Partnership Empowers Communities in Need With Renewable Energy Equipment and Services to Help Reduce Energy Costs & Prevent Green House Emissions

OAKLAND, CA–(Marketwire – July 20, 2009) – GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization bringing solar equipment, training and resources to low-income families, and SunValley Solar Inc., a leading provider of solar equipment, today announced a strategic partnership to provide renewable energy equipment and services to low-income homeowners throughout the state of California. This partnership blends GRID Alternatives’ expertise in solar electric installation with SunValley Solar’s buying power to bring solar electricity and energy efficiency technologies to those living in underserved communities throughout California.

Since 2001, GRID Alternatives has been working to bring the power of solar electricity and energy efficiency to low-income homeowners, and to provide community members with training and hands-on experience with renewable energy technologies. Piloted in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004, GRID Alternatives’ flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program trains and leads teams of community volunteers and low-income job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income homeowners in Northern and Southern California. To date, GRID Alternatives has trained more than 2,000 volunteers to install over 230 solar PV systems for low-income families throughout the state. These systems are reducing each family’s electric bills by approximately 75%, which will translate to a total of $3.8 million in energy cost savings over the systems’ projected life spans, while preventing roughly 11,507 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“GRID Alternatives’ Solar Affordable Housing Program is a truly groundbreaking program,” said Andrew Raitt, Vice President of Business Development of SunValley Solar. “Today’s announcement is only the beginning — we look forward to a long-term relationship with GRID, and believe this partnership will ultimately enable many low-income homeowners to adopt cleaner power and save money on energy costs in the process.”

SunValley Solar Inc. is the preferred distributor of Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) in the USA, and an authorized distributor and strategic partner with top tier solar inverter suppliers PVPowered and SMA (Sunny Boy). By partnering with these top solar manufacturers, SunValley Solar is able to offer high quality solar equipment to organizations at an affordable price relative to any comparable products available on the market. GRID Alternatives currently uses Canadian Solar’s economical e-Module solar panel, the most economical, environmentally-friendly, and reliable photovoltaic module in today’s market.

“We believe that making energy choices that are good for the environment can go hand-in-hand with improving the lives of those living in low-income communities,” said Tim Sears, Program Director and Co-Founder of GRID Alternatives. “Preferred providers like SunValley Solar are helping us to decrease costs on the high quality solar equipment we need to make our vision into a reality.”

About GRID Alternatives

Founded in 2001, GRID Alternatives is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that provides renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training. GRID Alternatives’ flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program trains and leads teams of community volunteers, corporate work-teams and low-income job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income homeowners in Northern and Southern California. To date, GRID Alternatives has installed over 230 systems for low-income families throughout California with the help of more than 2,000 volunteers and low-income job trainees trained on the theory and practice of solar electric installation. These systems reduce each family’s electric bill by 75 percent, translating to more than $3.8 million worth of energy cost savings over the systems’ projected life span. To learn more, visit http://www.gridalternatives.org.

About SunValley Solar Inc.

SunValley Solar Inc. is a leading solar electric equipment wholesale distributor that offers a full-service solar power solution. Located in Los Angeles, California, SunValley Solar Inc. is committed to reducing the world’s carbon foot print from traditional energy sources to make renewable sources such as solar the nation’s mainstream source of power. The partnership with leading manufacturers such as Canadian Solar Inc., PVPowered and SMA in the solar power industry allow SunValley Solar Inc. to help solar installers, developers and governments entities with the most cost competitive complete solar installation kit that includes solar modules, inverters, advanced racking systems and engineering support. To learn more, visit http://www.sunvalleysolarinc.com.

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