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10-23-2010, SCHOTT North America

SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. and Berkshire Photovoltaic Services Announce New Solar Art Installation

“All Utopias Fell” Exhibit Integrates Rooftop PV System
October 23, 2010 (North Adams, MA) — SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. (“SCHOTT Solar”) and Berkshire Photovoltaic Services (BPVS) announced today the completion of a Photovoltaic (PV) installment for a new exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). The exhibit, “All Utopias Fell” opens on October 24.

“SCHOTT Solar is committed to being part of a strong solar industry and this exhibition is a great example of solar working in a new and creative way for Massachusetts,” said Tom Hecht, President and Chief Sales Officer of SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. “It’s our privilege to work with partners like BPVS, who are helping the state develop renewable energy by installing PV systems throughout the Commonwealth.”

Artist Michael Oatman created “All Utopias Fell” using PV modules produced by SCHOTT Solar, and Evergreen Solar. The modules are connected to Solectria Inverters made in Andover and attached to the installation using mounts produced in Waltham.

The PV modules are featured in each of the installation’s three sequential spaces: “The Shining” (the outside of a repurposed Airstream trailer), “The Library of the Sun” (a laboratory and library inside the trailer), and “Codex Solis” (a 230-foot-long grid composed of mirrors and the PV panels).

“BPVS is dedicated to providing durable PV systems and bringing clean electricity to western Massachusetts. Working on a project like ‘All Utopias Fell’ is an exciting opportunity to show a PV system’s wide range of uses,” said Chris Kilfoyle, President of BPVS.

BPVS installed a 1.8 kW array from SCHOTT Solar for the PV panels used in the first two stops in the exhibit. The final portion is interspersed with a 51.6 kW array installed in 2007.



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