Because of my efforts (yeah, that's right, I'm tootin' my own horn...) one of the companies I work for, Advanced Solar Photonics, was featured on the 6, 7 and 8am news here in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Having to get up at 4:30am to make that 6am time slot was challenging, but worth it! The four spots featured Demitri Nikitin, CEO of ASP, Edgardo Rodriguez, VP of ASP, Kristen Breunig, Market Development Manager of ASP and me, Maureen McHale, Corporate Marketing and Public Relations Director. Although we don't have any video yet...following the segments, Steve Gehlbach, the reporter for Fox 35, wrote and posted the following piece on their website:
Business Ramps Up to Make Solar Panels
Last Edited: Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009, 12:26 PM EDT
Created On: Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009, 12:25 PM EDT
STEVE GEHLBACH FOX 35 News Reporter
LAKE MARY, Fla. - Advanced Solar Photonics will soon be the only place in the Sunshine State to make panels to capture energy from the sun. Solar power is becoming more popular on homes and businesses, but installers have to get the high-tech panels from outside Florida.
The company hopes to start making the panels by June and plans to add hundreds of jobs.
President Barack Obama promised billions in funding to great new green jobs and make alternative energy sources more available. Advanced Solar Photonics hopes to cash in on some of those federal dollars.
The company is also working to get legislation passed to make it cheaper for homeowners to switch to solar power by paying them a premium for power they make, but don't use and sell back to power companies. The cost to install solar panels onto your house can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, depending on the size of the house and system used.