Texas Sees New Shape in Solar Technology - Austin-Based Strictly Pediatrics Installs First Cylindrical Solar Modules in Texas

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Strictly Pediatrics, an Austin-based pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty center, announced today the completion of a 23.4 kilowatt roof top solar electric system comprised of unique cylindrical solar modules, the first of their kind to be installed in Texas. The project was completed by Meridian Solar, an Austin-based company specializing in the design and installation of solar arrays.

Strictly Pediatrics, an Austin-based pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty center, announced today the completion of a 23.4 kilowatt roof top solar electric system comprised of unique cylindrical solar modules, the first of their kind to be installed in Texas. The modules, manufactured by California-based Solyndra, are designed to generate more electricity on an annual basis from typical low-slope commercial rooftops, while providing lower installation costs than conventional flat panel photovoltaic technologies. Meridian Solar, an Austin-based company specializing in the design and installation of solar arrays completed the project.

Mark Smith, MD, Founder and current Treasurer of Strictly Pediatrics Sub-specialty Center commented, "We are dedicated to providing the best care to the children in this community while minimizing our impact on the environment where we live. We have earned a Three-Star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building Program and we continue to investigate how we can decrease the waste of non-renewable resources."

The building is managed by Cushman & Wakefield and is the first in Texas to use this technology. Sharon Wilkens, the property manager of the building states, "Strictly Pediatrics and Cushman & Wakefield are committed to reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. Installing the solar modules has been a major step in our promise." In its first year, the system is expected to produce over 32,000 kilowatt hours of clean, locally produced, renewable energy and will offset over 44,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions - the equivalent of planting about 6 acres of trees.

Andrew McCalla, CEO of Meridian Solar, the company responsible for the design and installation of the system, said, "The unique modules used in Strictly Pediatrics' solar installation illustrates how solar technology continues to evolve to better accommodate various implementation scenarios. The ability to offer a broader range of solutions to our customers allows for more precise customization of their installations."

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