Sunnovations Appoints Green Building Authority Gregory Kats to Advisory Board

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Solar water heating technology startup Sunnovations Inc. announced the appointment of leading authority on green building Gregory Kats to its Advisory Board. The company also announced that it has been selected to present at two prestigious upcoming cleantech investor conferences: the Clean Energy Venture Summit in Austin, TX and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Industry Growth Forum in Denver, CO.

"Greg’s participation on our advisory team will be a tremendous asset to the company," states Sunnovations Chief Executive Officer Matt Carlson.

Solar water heating technology startup Sunnovations Inc. announced the appointment of leading authority on green building Gregory Kats to its Advisory Board. Kats is President of Capital E and Senior Director and director of climate change policy at Good Energies, a multi-billion dollar global clean energy investor, where he leads the firm’s investments in energy efficiency and green buildings. He serves on the Board of Directors of Tendril, Sustainability Roundtable Inc. and the International Institute for Energy Conservation, and serves on the Board of Advisors of Serious Materials, CalStar Products, Cherokee Investment Partners and AlertMe.

Kats was a principal author of Green Office Buildings: A Practical Guide to Development (ULI, 2005), and is the author of the Greening Our Built World: Costs, Benefits and Strategies (Island Press, 2010). He is a founding member of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the New Resource Bank. He is also founding chair of the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group for LEED where he led major changes in energy and climate change requirements in LEED, and is the founding chair of the National Capital area chapter of the US Green Building Council.

Kats said: “solar thermal is going to be part of the technology set that allows us to get to low and zero net energy buildings cost-effectively. The importance of Sunnovations is that its superior design allows greater reliability at lower cost using a design approach that matches cleanly onto the vast majority of solar panels and boilers, making it an easy and cost-effective ‘plug and play’ add-on for new and existing buildings.”

“Greg’s participation on our advisory team will be a tremendous asset to the company,” states Sunnovations Chief Executive Officer Matt Carlson, “he is truly one of the leaders of the country’s green building community, and we look forward to his continued counsel.”

The company also announced that it has been selected to present at two prestigious upcoming cleantech investor conferences. The company will be presenting at the Clean Energy Venture Summit in Austin, TX on September 30, 2010 (http://www.cleanenergyventuresummit.com), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Industry Growth Forum in Denver, CO that runs from October 19-21, 2010 (http://www.cleanenergyforum.com). Invitation to present at both forums was competitive, with fewer than 30% and 20% of applicants being accepted, respectively.

The CEVS is sponsored by Austin Energy and the Austin Clean Energy Incubator and affiliated with the Pecan Street Project, the nation’s most ambitious smart-grid/smart-home demonstration project. The NREL Forum is in its 23rd year, and since 2003 the presenting seed, early stage, and expanding cleantech companies have collectively raised more than $3.4 billion in growth financing.

“Sunnovations is thrilled to have been selected to participate in these important conferences”, said Carlson. “Our selection indicates the increasing recognition of solar thermal technology’s role in mitigating our nation’s environmental footprint and energy costs.”

About Sunnovations
Sunnovations’ solar water heating technology allows for residential systems that have all of the attributes that have been lacking in the US market: affordability, simplicity and standardization. The company’s system is currently available exclusively through leading renewable energy installers throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Interested homeowners can determine their potential cost savings and carbon footprint reduction from a solar hot water system by going to http://www.sunnovations.com/forms/calculator. Qualified professional installers can learn more about Sunnovations’ system and becoming an Installer Partner at http://www.sunnovations.com/content/for-installers.

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