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Solar Trees on Discovery Place Science Museum Capture the Sun and the Imagination

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Down the road from the offices of Bosch Solar Energy, Spotlight Solar and Southern Energy Management, people are stopping to look at a remarkable new solar installation on the parking lot of Discovery Place. Two 20-foot, brightly colored solar trees, which utilize Bosch high performance photovoltaic modules, stand tall at the science museum. The installation’s prominent downtown location helps to raise awareness and understanding of solar among hundreds of thousands of Charlotte residents and visitors.

“We are pleased to be able to support the Discovery Place’s efforts to educate people about the importance of conserving energy and investing in renewable technology,” said Eric Daniels, regional president, Solar Energy North America, Robert Bosch LLC. “This installation uses a novel approach to build appreciation for solar energy, and also demonstrates that it can look great in our architectural landscape.”

Each tree has two branches which hold a total of twelve Bosch solar modules. One tree is blue and the other orange, which provide a bold and unconventional contrast to the parking lot space. The total energy produced will be used to power an electric vehicle charging station and offset energy usage in a nearby educational building.

As property owners implement solar systems to save on energy costs and benefit the environment, they also appreciate the differentiation solar can provide the property and the city. Craig Merrigan, CEO of Spotlight Solar, the company that designed and manufactured the trees, commented that “the ultimate goal of the project is to make solar more visible and to increase the number of visitors to Discovery Place, where they can learn about renewable energy.”

“This striking installation shows Discovery Place’s innovative character, and builds intrigue for solar,” said Bob Kingery, CEO of Southern Energy Management. “We have installed solar around the southeastern U.S. for the last 10 years, and this is the most distinctive installation to date.”

Southern Energy Management provided system integration design and service for both the solar structures and an electric vehicle charging station. All three companies involved will continue their contribution by lending expertise to a solar education event for the public, to be announced shortly. For more photos, please copy and paste the following addresses into your web browser to direct you to the Bosch Solar Energy Facebook site and Spotlight Solar’s photo gallery.



About Bosch Solar Energy
The Bosch Group’s Solar Energy division, headquartered in Arnstadt, Germany, is a leading supplier of photovoltaic products. Together with its subsidiaries, Solar Energy employs more than 3,500 associates worldwide. From small-scale plants for family homes to finished large-scale photovoltaic projects, Solar Energy offers high-quality solar cells and modules for photovoltaic power generation. The division also develops top-quality turnkey solar power plants. In this area, Solar Energy handles the building of solar power plants, from initial planning to turnkey handover.

Solar Energy is part of the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros in fiscal 2010. Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

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About Bosch
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innnovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011, per preliminary figures. For more information, visit

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros ($71.5 billion) in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal year 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Further information is available online at and

About Southern Energy Management
Southern Energy Management is a North Carolina-based sustainable energy company offering energy efficiency, green building and turn-key solar services for homeowners, builders, companies, government and military clients across the country. A certified B Corp, SEM's mission is to have a measurable impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and to build a sustainable triple-bottom-line company. SEM was founded in a living room in Raleigh in 2001, and now employs a team of more than 100 sustainable energy professionals. SEM is consistently recognized as an industry leader both locally and nationally, and is among a small handful of companies in the U.S. to earn the 2012 National Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award, having earned Partner of the Year six consecutive times. SEM also received the City of Raleigh 2011 Environmental Stewardship Award and the 2010 Green Jobs Award from SJF Institute & Green For All.

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About Spotlight Solar
Spotlight Solar makes solar systems which look like sculpture. These structures make solar energy more visible and attractive, providing physical expression for environmental stewardship. Spotlight systems are designed to complement other environmental investments, such as rooftop solar sys-tems, which are normally hidden.

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Discovery Place Solar Installation - 2012 - March 2012


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