Special Event Recognizes Completion of Solar Array Atop Sunbrella® Yarn Manufacturing Center

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Special Event at Norlina Plant Was Held Monday

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The completion of a solar array atop Glen Raven’s Sunbrella® Yarn Manufacturing Center in Norlina, N.C., was recognized during a special event at the plant on Monday (Oct. 10.) The new 500-kilowatt solar array is the largest under Progress Energy’s SunSense® Commercial Solar PV (photovoltaic) program, generating electric power roughly equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 47 typical homes.

Speakers during the special event included Allen E. Gant, Jr., president and CEO of Glen Raven; Robert F. Caldwell, vice president, efficiency and innovative technology for Progress Energy; Erik Lensch, president of Argand Energy Solutions; John Gant, manager of sustainable development for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics; and Todd Wemyss, manager of the Norlina Plant.

“The Norlina solar project is part of a much larger sustainability initiative that is affecting everything we do, from product design and manufacturing through recycling and customer service,” Allen Gant said. “The successful completion of this project is a reflection of the talent and dedication of our associates and the invaluable contributions from our partners, Progress Energy and Argand Energy Solutions.”

This $3 million project was made possible by Progress Energy’s SunSense® Commercial Solar PV program, designed to encourage the development of renewable energy by offering a premium price for solar power developed on commercial rooftops.

The solar array that Argand installed on Norlina Plant, which was added in conjunction with a roof replacement project, represents some of the newest solar technology on the market today. These arrays weigh only three pounds per square foot and are easy to install by basically snapping together. Because air flows through open-design modules, the arrays are self-ballasting and do not require anchors drilled into the roof, yet can withstand winds up to 130 miles per hour.

The productivity of Norlina’s solar panels is enhanced by its new ultra-white cool roof. While conventional solar panels collect energy only from the surface facing the sun, Norlina’s arrays are tube-like and collect solar energy from sunlight coming from 360 degrees, including roof reflections.

About Sunbrella Fabrics

Celebrating 50 years of innovation in 2011, the Sunbrella brand revolutionized the way the world thinks of beautiful performance fabrics with its entrance to the marketplace in 1961. Today, durable, easy-care Sunbrella fabrics are available in thousands of sophisticated styles, patterns and colors for wherever people live, work and play. On the Web at http://www.sunbrella.com. Follow Sunbrella on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Sunbrella or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sunbrella.

About Glen Raven, Inc.

Glen Raven, Inc. is global company focused on performance fabrics and supply chain management. With more than 2,000 associates around the world, Glen Raven sells products into more than 100 countries. The company’s leading brand is Sunbrella® performance fabrics for awning, marine and furniture. Glen Raven is also a leader in fabrics for automotive, Personal Protective Equipment, military, geo-synthetics, mine safety, flags and banners and sailcloth. On the web at http://www.glenraven.com.

About Progress Energy

Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with more than 22,000 megawatts of generation capacity and approximately $10 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve about 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company has earned the Edison Electric Institute's Edison Award, the industry's highest honor, in recognition of its operational excellence, and was the first utility to receive the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Founder's Award for customer service. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes aggressive energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008. Visit the company’s website at http://www.progress-energy.com.

About Argand Energy Solutions

Argand Energy Solutions and its affiliates have been providing solar energy products and services since 1999. The company provides an array of solar, wind and energy efficiency products and services. For more information about Argand Energy Solutions, visit http://www.ArgandEnergy.com.

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