Solar Decathlon: Purdue, SunPower and Third Sun Solar

Third Sun Solar Supports Purdue University in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Purdue University Leverages SunPower Premier Dealer Expertise to Help Meet Challenge of Designing, Building and Operating Solar Powered Home

Athens, Ohio, September 28, 2011—Third Sun Solar, a SunPower Premier Dealer, has partnered with Purdue University (Team Purdue) in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to leverage the dealer’s expertise in the areas of designing, building and operating the solar powered home.

“In preparation for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, Team Purdue approached Third Sun Solar, seeking an industry expert and high efficiency solar panels for its solar home entry,” said Third Sun Solar President Geoff Greenfield. “We are passionate about the solar industry, and we’re confident that SunPower’s solar panels coupled with our years of experience in the market, will give Team Purdue an edge against the competition.”

Team Purdue selected the SunPower® E19 / 238 Solar Panel for its design entry, titled INhome, in the decathlon. SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB), worked with Third Sun Solar to provide the team with the industry’s most reliable solar panels that also deliver the maximum power from a limited roof space, a key design requirement for the decathletes.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a program that aims to help the visiting public learn about the benefits of applying sustainable, energy efficient and cost-saving features to their own homes. This year, nineteen teams of university students will compete in 10 contests, including architecture, engineering, energy balance and market appeal.

The competition commenced with an opening ceremony on September 22 in the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., and is set to close with the final awards ceremony on the afternoon of October 1. Through October 2, the public is invited to tour the houses for free. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002, and competitions now take place every other year.

About Third Sun Solar

Third Sun Solar is a design/build photovoltaic solar firm based in Athens, Ohio. An Inc. 5000 company in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Third Sun Solar is at the forefront of the emerging Ohio clean energy industry—a growing resource for 21st-century jobs. For more than a decade, the company has custom designed and installed over 300 solar energy systems for its commercial, institutional, government, and residential customers across the Midwest. Third Sun Solar employs a team of NABCEP-certified solar energy system installers along with design engineers, financial analysts, grant specialists, and support staff, all focused on making it easier for customers to go solar. The company combines financial and management experience, multiple installation crews, a network of professional services partners, and advanced internal systems to deliver a smooth transition to solar energy at any scale. Please see the company website at


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