• Atlantic City Electric and Petra Solar Launch Solar Project

    Apr 29, 2010

    Utility Launches Pilot Project to Test Pole-Mounted Solar Systems

    MAYS LANDING, N.J .Atlantic City Electric and Petra Solar today announced they have teamed up to launch a demonstration project featuring solar photovoltaic (PV) systems mounted on utility poles in Cape May Point and Ocean City. Petra Solar's SunWave™ intelligent, pole-mounted photovoltaic solar systems are being installed by the end of April.

    “Through this demonstration project, we are exploring the alternative power source offered by SunWave™,” said Atlantic City Electric Region President Vince Maione. “We are committed to delivering reliable and affordable electricity to our customers, and through this effort, we will test a new approach that offers great promise for sustainable, clean energy production.”

    Dr. Shihab Kuran, CEO and President of Petra Solar, added, “Not only will our solar PV system provide power to Atlantic City Electric’s customers, it also will enhance the power grid. Our SunWave™ systems turn utility poles into solar generators and they also communicate with the electric grid and offer smart grid capabilities. The systems can improve grid reliability through real-time communications between solar generators in the field and the utility control center. In addition, our systems enhance electric distribution grid reliability to help stabilize the grid during periods of increased load.”

    This month, five systems will be installed on Sunset Boulevard in Cape May Point and another five on 35th and Simpson streets in Ocean City. They will enable Atlantic City Electric to evaluate SunWave™ capabilities in solar power generation and smart grid communications.

    Petra Solar, based in South Plainfield, NJ, is the pioneer of grid-tied, pole-mounted, distributed solar generation systems. SunWave™ combines solar energy with smart grid communications and electric grid enhancement functions.

    For more information, please visit www.petrasolar.com or contact Becky Taylor at Petra Solar at 609-240-6886 or becky.taylor@petrasolar.com or Sandra May at Atlantic City Electric at 609-625-5567 or sandra.may@atlanticcityelectric.com.

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    Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 547,000 customers in southern New Jersey.