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SOLON Expands Management Team with New Executive Appointment


Seasoned Solar and Commercial Construction Veteran Joe Benga Joins Leading Photovoltaic System Solutions Provider

Tucson, Ariz., August 2, 2011: SOLON Corporation, one of the largest providers of turnkey solar power plants in the U.S., today announced the appointment of Joe Benga to Vice President and General Manager, Power Plants.

In this role, Benga will oversee SOLONs commercial and utility-scale power plant systems business, including sales, applications engineering, customer financing, design, engineering and permitting, procurement, installation, inspection, interconnection and post-installation service. Benga will lead the Power Plants division, a core SOLON business unit, from the companys new San Francisco office. Also headquartered in this office is SOLONs dedicated project finance team.

"Joe brings to SOLON a wealth of more than 30 years of leadership experience managing people, projects and departments in the solar industry and in commercial construction environments, and we are thrilled to have him on board," said Dan Alcombright, SOLON Corp. President and CEO. "Given his uncompromising attention to delivering an outstanding customer experience, Joe is well poised to help us meet the companys growth needs as we lead the way as a complete system solutions provider."

Benga joins SOLON from Lend Lease Americas, one of the worlds leading fully integrated property solutions providers, where he served as Vice President, Operations Director, Solar Services. Prior to this, Benga held the position of Executive Vice President of Engineering and Construction for EI Solutions, following the companys acquisition by SunTech Power in 2008. Benga previously served as Vice President Construction Engineering for PowerLight Corporation, now SunPower.

Benga has overseen the completion of more than 600 commercial construction and photovoltaic (PV) projects domestically and internationally.

About SOLON Corporation

SOLON Corporation (www.SOLON.com), a leader in utility-scale and large commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems, offers a unique combination of PV module manufacturing and power plant expertise to the North American market. SOLON delivers complete and cost-effective turnkey PV systems solutions to its partners with a streamlined approach from design and construction to financing and operation.With module manufacturing facilities in Tucson, AZ, SOLON is driven by a passion for ecological change and a commitment to providing superior solar solutions with unrivaled quality and reliability. Founded in 2007, SOLON Corporation is a subsidiary of SOLON SE, a leading international provider of solar solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale applications. SOLON SE operates subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, France and the US with more than 800 employees worldwide.

SOLON Corporation
Patricia Browne
Phone: (520) 647-8754
Fax: (520) 807-4046
E-mail: patricia.browne@solon.com


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