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America's First Solar Major Motion Multiplex Cinema Goes Solar.

FAIRFAX, Calif. -- One of Fairfax, California's most prominent landmarks will soon be powered by solar energy. Cinema West announced today the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its Fairfax 5 Theatres, making it the first major motion multiplex cinema in America to go solar. The historic theatre, built in 1952, will offset a significant portion of its electricity costs with solar energy, resulting in savings of over $627,000 over the 30-year life of the system. SPG Solar, Inc. is the developer and installer of the 27 Kilowatt (AC) solar PV system.

Dave Corkill, founder of Cinema West, a leading California major motion cinema chain, has owned and operated the Fairfax 5 Theatres for over 13 years and recently turned it into Marin's first all digital projection theatre. "I wanted a sustainable and renewable energy solution for the Fairfax Theatre. Solar energy will not only help us offset our electricity costs, but will also reduce greenhouse emissions and propagate the environmental ideals of this progressive community. The Fairfax Theatre's marquis is one of the first things you see when entering Fairfax. Now we are proud that it also represents clean energy," said Corkill.

Ted Walsh, Sales Manager for SPG Solar, stated, "Over its 30-year life, the PV system at Fairfax Theatre is expected to offset nearly 1,000 tons of greenhouse gases, including over 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing 180 cars off the road. As a resident of Fairfax myself, I am very excited to see Cinema West taking on an environmental leadership role in town. It's an exciting addition to the community."

The rooftop solar system is comprised of 42 solar modules tilted and oriented to the south for optimal production. A State rebate and Federal tax credit helped pay for nearly half of the total system cost, with the system expected to pay for itself in 5 years.

About Cinema West

Cinema West is a regional chain of first-run movie theatres located in Northern California communities and is based in Petaluma, CA.

About SPG Solar, Inc.

SPG Solar, Inc. is one of the industry's leading developers, designers, and installers of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for large-scale commercial and government facilities as well as for businesses, schools and homes. Founded in 2001 in response to the nation's soaring energy prices, SPG Solar is committed to building the highest-performing solar PV systems with the greatest return on investment. With regional facilities throughout the Western States, SPG Solar has built over 1,200 solar PV systems.

SPG Solar is a Megawatt Sponsor and will be exhibiting at the Solar Power International Conference and Expo, October 13-16, 2008 in San Diego, California. (

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