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Governor Crist Tours Florida's Largest Building-Integrated Solar Energy System


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MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2007

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Governor Crist Tours Florida's Largest Building-Integrated Solar Energy System

~ Energy system will reduce energy costs and greenhouse-gas emissions ~

FORT LAUDERDALE - Governor Charlie Crist today attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Florida's largest building-integrated photovoltaic solar energy system. The solar energy system will provide up to 100 percent of Advanced Green Technologies' 10,000-square-foot headquarters power during daytime hours. The company provides renewable energy products for residential and commercial use.

"More and more businesses in the Sunshine State are taking advantage of solar energy, and it makes sense for us to do so," Governor Crist said. "I commend Advanced Green Technologies for leading the way to show other innovative businesses the potential of this renewable energy."

Prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Rob Kornahrens, president of Advanced Green Technologies, and Rich Paul-Hus, vice president of business development for Hypower Inc., provided Governor Crist with information about the building's hurricane-resistant solar laminates. The solar energy system, installed by Hypower Inc. and Advanced Roofing, will reduce energy costs and produce no greenhouse gases.

The solar system is interconnected to the Florida Power and Light (FPL) power grid, and when the system produces more energy than the building uses, the extra power can be fed back to the grid to be used by other FPL customers. Advanced Green Technologies will then receive a credit on their energy bill.

In July, Governor Crist announced the installation of a solar pool heating system at the Florida Governor's Mansion. The renewable energy source reduces carbon emissions and energy costs, making the mansion more energy efficient and climate friendly.

About the Governor's Climate Change Initiatives

During the Serve to Preserve Summit on Global Climate Change, Governor Crist outlined details about his plan to reduce Florida's green-house gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. The Governor's plan reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2017, to 1990 levels by 2025, and by 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050.

For more information about Governor Crist's actions to address global climate change, please visit MyFloridaClimate.com or www.flgov.com

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