Unirac Supports Collegiate Solar Decathlon Sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy



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Unirac Supports Collegiate Solar Decathlon Sponsored by U.S.

Department of Energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Unirac, Inc., a Hilti

Group Company and leading provider of high quality, competitive PV

mounting solutions in North America, is proud to have partnered with

the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Arizona State University (ASU)

for the design of the SHADE house as part of the Solar Decathlon

competition.

The international collegiate competition sponsored by the U.S.

Department of Energy, challenges university students from around the

nation (and the world) to design and build solar-powered homes over a

period of 20 months. Next month, the SHADE house will serve as the

executive visitor's suite for former President Clinton's Global

Initiative University event in Tempe, Arizona.

"The challenge was to design a solar solution balancing functionality

with aesthetics to yield the best architectural solution," said

Jeanette Brasher, Senior Applications Engineer at Unirac, who worked

with students directly in the development of the solar array on the

SHADE house. "It was great to collaborate with students to determine

methods for designing, installing and electrically bonding the array."

Team ASUNM, a combination of each university's acronym, is a

collaborative effort between engineering, architecture, and

construction students to focus on building materials and energy

systems that are appropriate for the desert southwest - a part of the

country expected to see continued population growth over the coming

decades.

"As a leader in the solar industry, we aspire to play a hand in

shaping the future leaders of solar," said Peter Lorenz, CEO of

Unirac. "We are privileged to have worked alongside such visionary

students."

The solar system on the SHADE house can produce more power than it

consumes on an average day. With 310 days of sunshine, New Mexico can

utilize the sun's free and abundant resources to lead renewable energy

use.

"This was the first time UNM participated in the Solar Decathlon and

we are proud of the result," said Dr. Robert Frank, UNM president.

"This kind of prestigious competition placed UNM working and competing

shoulder-to-shoulder with other excellent Universities."

About Unirac, Inc. Unirac, a Hilti Group Company, is North America's

leading provider of infrastructure for solar power systems. Recognized

as an industry innovator on both the product and process side, we

provide the best mounting solutions to our customers through high

quality, competitively priced products, responsive customer support,

industry leading engineering services and excellence in supply-chain

management. Unirac has achieved certifications for ISO 9001:2008 for

QMS, ISO 14001:2004 for EMS and OHSAS 18001:2007 for safety. For more

information about Unirac, please visit www.unirac.com.

Media Contact: Marcelo Gomez Director of Marketing Unirac, Inc. 1411

Broadway Boulevard NE Albuquerque, NM 87102 V: 505-242-6411 E:

marcelo@unirac.com

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