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									                        CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH
                                              PRESS RELEASE
                                          Public Information Office
                                              2000 Main Street
                                         Huntington Beach, CA 92648
                                               (714) 536-5577




City of Huntington Beach and Sharp Announce Huntington
         Beach ‘Hometown Solar Rebate’ Program
  Innovative Solar Initiative to Help City Achieve Goal of 8.5MW of Solar
                           Deployment in ‘Surf City’
Contact for Sharp Solar:
Susan DeVico
(510) 339-1527
SusanDV@aol.com


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, JULY 6, 2009 – Today the City of Huntington
Beach and Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group announced the ‘Huntington
Beach Hometown Solar Rebate’, an integral component of a program to
accelerate the use of solar power in the City. This residential solar incentive
program was developed through a unique collaboration between the City of
Huntington Beach and Sharp, and will commence following Mayor Keith Bohr’s
formal announcement at the City Council meeting of July 6th. New homeowner
solar rebate applications will help spur the installation of scores of residential
solar power systems in Huntington Beach, where Sharp’s Solar Energy Solutions
Group is based.

Over the years, thanks to the City’s ocean, sun and surf-loving residents,
Huntington Beach has become one of the most environmentally conscious cities
in the nation.

“Huntington Beach has set a goal of having 8.5MW of solar deployed in under 5
years,” said Huntington Beach Mayor Keith Bohr. “We are thrilled that our stellar
hometown solar powerhouse, Sharp, has created this terrific rebate program in
conjunction with Huntington Beach and its participating solar installers — in an
effort to site clean, reliable, emissions-free solar power systems here.”

“Sharp has a long tradition of being a responsible corporate citizen in the
communities where it has a presence; we’re proud to be facilitating Huntington
Beach’s greater use of solar power,” said Ron Kenedi, vice president of Sharp
Solar Energy Solutions Group. “Solar is a perfect fit for a community with a
strong commitment to the environment and resource protection. These new solar
projects will be generating clean electricity for decades to come — achieving
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tremendous overall utility savings for customers. They’ll help provide our City and
our region with emissions-free renewable power, while helping to reduce
pressure on the electrical grid.”

Program details
Several Sharp installers will offer a rebate on the purchase of a Sharp solar
system – both OnEnergyTM systems and other Sharp modules. Here’s how the
program will work:

   •   Through the HB Goes Green website: http://surfcity-
       hb.org/Residents/green_city/solar/ a prospective Huntington Beach solar
       customer can request to be contacted by a Sharp pre-approved installer.

   •   The installer confirms that the home address is within the City of
       Huntington Beach during the follow-up call or site evaluation. Residents
       living in the following zip codes are eligible for the program: 92647,
       92648, 92649, and 92646.

   •   The rebate will be incorporated into the installer’s system installation
       proposal, reducing the up-front cost of the system.

   •   The rebate will be $150/kW, up to a maximum of 10 kW.


Huntington Beach’s goal of 8.5 MW of new solar deployment by 2012 is broken
into three categories: 4 MW of residential (1,000 systems), 2.5 MW of municipal,
and 2 MW of commercial solar.

Since 2007, a total of 47 residential and small commercial systems have been
installed in Huntington Beach, for a total of 227 kW (4.8 kW average system
size); one large (approximately 30kW) commercial system has been installed.
About Sharp
Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group, based in Huntington Beach, California, is a
unit of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Sharp Corporation,
Osaka, Japan. Sharp is a world market leader in solar cell production, and offers
both standard and integrated roof modules for home and business applications.
Further information on Sharp’s commitment to solar energy, its product line and
the ways in which Sharp makes it easy to go solar is available online at
www.solar.sharpusa.com.

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp
Corporation, a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment
products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy
solutions and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands
include AQUOS® Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-Bit™ digital audio products,
SharpVision® projection products, Insight® Microwave Drawer® appliances,
Plasmacluster® air purifiers, and Notevision® multimedia projectors. For more
information visit Sharp Electronics Corporation at www.sharpusa.com

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