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Partners Release Preview Beta Version of SolarHub Website, a Free Industry Resource with Detailed Solar Product Information

Industry consortium, leading professional magazine, and software developer collaborate to produce the solar industry’s centralized repository of product specification data.

Anaheim, CA – October 27, 2009 — SolarTech, SolarPro magazine, and SolarNexus today announced the launch of a new, free resource for solar professionals called SolarHub (www.solarhub.com).  The site provides a one-stop shop, aggregating detailed product specifications and allowing users to search listed products by a variety of attributes specific to each product type.  Data in the site is maintained directly by manufacturers and the SolarHub team.

“SolarHub directly supports SolarTech’s mission of accelerating the solar industry’s growth by removing market barriers,” said Doug Payne, Executive Director for SolarTech. “SolarHub reduces time to market by identifying and addressing one of the key inefficiencies inherent in the delivery of solar PV systems: timely access to accurate technical information. We look forward to working with our partners to expand the scope and functionality of the site in the months to come.”

Using SolarHub will save professionals a significant amount of time when compared to accessing the same data via manufacturer websites, datasheets, or printed distributor catalogs. Consistent format and data further facilitates comparisons.

Data on the site comes from a variety of sources, and includes a significant amount that has been reviewed and approved directly by the manufacturers. Much of the data that has been gathered by SolarPro magazine in its regular coverage of the equipment market has been incorporated into the Beta version of SolarHub, and all of it will be included upon the site’s formal launch.

“We are happy to partner with SolarTech and SolarNexus on the launch of SolarHub,” said Joe Schwartz, Publisher and CEO of SolarPro magazine.  “SolarHub provides a live, constantly updated database of product specifications, and directly supports SolarPro's mission to provide engineers and integrators with technical information that helps them streamline design decisions and component selection.”

The site functionality will be enhanced over time with features such as side-by-side comparisons and user comments.  SolarNexus, developer of the site, is focused on adding features that will add direct value to its users and streamline the product introduction lifecycle, benefiting the entire solar industry.

“SolarNexus is hard at work building comprehensive software tools that help installers and distributors automate their business workflow, collaborate with their key partners, and remove unnecessary friction throughout the process,” said Eric Alderman, CEO of SolarNexus.  “We are proud to partner with industry leaders SolarPro and SolarTech in releasing SolarHub, and look forward to providing professionals with more such useful tools in the near future.”

Availability

The Beta version of SolarHub is launching today.  The formal launch of the site is planned for December 2009.

About SolarNexus, Inc.

SolarNexus, Inc. is developing software solutions that solve real problems and improve profitability for participants in the solar deployment value chain, including manufacturers, distributors, integrators, financing providers, installers, and customers. Its applications will remove barriers between buyers and sellers, enable information sharing across the solar deployment chain and streamline back office processes. See www.solarnexus.com for more information.

About SolarTech

SolarTech, an initiative of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, is a collaborative organization formed to create a Solar Center of Excellence in Silicon Valley. The purpose is to identify and resolve technical and market barriers to solar technology by addressing issues of performance, processes, standards, and workforce readiness.  The SolarTech consortium's industry-spanning collection of products, services and processes will assure member companies achieve faster time to market, with lower risk, and higher consumer adoption of solar powered systems.  See www.solartech.org for more information.

About SolarPro

Independently published by solar industry veterans, SolarPro is a technical training resource available by free subscription to qualifying professionals. Written and edited by and for North American system engineers, designers, integrators and installers, each bimonthly issue delivers a previously unavailable perspective on equipment, tools, safety and best practices for optimizing both photovoltaic and solar thermal systems. Subscribe at www.solarprofessional.com.

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