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Berlin's Historic Show Palace Welcomes SunPower Solar Power System

BERLIN, July 9, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) and MBG, a SunPower authorized partner, announced today that MBG completed the installation of a 29.7-kilowatt high-efficiency SunPower system on the roof of the FriedrichstadtPalast, Berlin's historic landmark theater building, which features the largest performance stage in the world.


On the building, MBG installed SunPower's E18 Series solar panels, which offer an efficiency of 18 percent or greater and produce up to 50 percent more power than conventional solar panels. The panels are mounted on the SunPower T10 Solar Roof Tile system, which is non-roof penetrating and tilted at a 10 degree angle to increase energy capture.

"SunPower's T10 Solar Roof Tile system is a lightweight, flat-roof solution that was the best option for this roof, due to the engineering and planning requirements for historic buildings," explained Sebastien Ninnig from MBG. "The monocrystalline, high-performance solar panels from SunPower allowed us to offer the highest possible power output and consequently the highest carbon dioxide offset for our customers. Previously, we had very positive experiences installing a T10 system for the Berliner Stadtreinigung (Berlin Waste Management Authority), one of Berlin's largest photovoltaic installations. Here again, it was important for us to use a lightweight, high-efficiency system."

"It is an honor for SunPower technology to be installed on such a wonderful cultural building with a celebrated, long-standing history of more than 100 years," said Jorn Jurgens, senior director, SunPower. "World-class theatres require the highest levels of technology with regard to sound and lighting, and it makes sense that the solar system used at the FriedrichstadtPalast is from SunPower, the planet's most powerful solar technology. Together, we are sure to present the best show."

SunPower works with a network of more than 1,000 independent dealers globally, including almost 200 in Germany, who install SunPower solar power systems for residential and commercial customers.

The FriedrichstadtPalast has been Berlin's premier address for theatrical entertainment. It is renowned for both its show programming as well as its sheer size, accommodating 1,895 seats. The theatre hosts over 600,000 visitors annually.

About MBG

MBG has over 25 years of success in the market. Since 2007 they have complemented their expertise in the energy sector. With their powerful and technical specialist teams they develop and implement this forward-looking solution for using renewable energy: from planning and installation of turnkey PV systems to the development of special solutions for off-grid power supplies.

About SunPower

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) designs, manufactures and delivers the planet's most powerful solar technology broadly available today. Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company's experience and proven results to maximize return on investment. With headquarters in San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpowercorp.com.

SunPower is a registered trademark of SunPower Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE SunPower Corp.

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