Siemens Solar power gets on Extreme Makeover Home Edition TV show

  • February 09, 2011
  • Siemens
  • News

February 9, 2011 – An extreme effort by Siemens Industry, Inc. delivered an end-to-end solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system to ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition build site in Cocoa Beach, Fla. during the week of January 10th. A last-minute call from Florida-based general contractor Lifestyles Builders December 21st prompted managers from the Building Technologies Division’s Low Voltage business to quickly marshal the resources and technologies necessary to help create the show’s first zero-net energy home—revealed to the Hurston family and the show’s millions of viewers February 13th. “Siemens is thrilled to have been asked to play such a significant and supporting role,” said Barry Contrael, director, Siemens Low Voltage Business Unit. “I can’t think of a more deserving family, and to anyone familiar with the program, the Hurston’s lives will be changed forever in a very positive and meaningful way. What was extremely exciting was the fact that Siemens was able—even within the extremely challenging timeline— to deliver a solar energy solution that is flexible and affordable and ready to be installed on virtually any home in America.” To deliver the system within the show’s incredible 106-hour build window, Siemens enlisted the help of local solar-power contractor Solar Energy Systems of Brevard, Inc. For its part, Siemens donated all the technologies and materials necessary to install the system, including the electrical power distribution and safety equipment that delivers the system’s output to the home and connects the house to the utility’s grid. During daylight hours the system (along with a wind turbine) generates enough power to heat or cool the home and return power to the grid—no small feat considering Florida’s humid subtropical climate and the home’s 3,400 square ft. footprint. This excess electricity offsets the energy consumed at night—thus making it a zero net-energy home. Ultimately, the solution, along with energy efficient appliances, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and lighting ensure the Hurston family will find relief from their utility bills as long as they live in their custom-built and decorated four-bedroom home. “We are so proud to have built a net zero home, and I think that’s just a neat thing for the family,” said senior producer Diane Korman. “Siemens stepped up to provide the 9.6 kilowatt system, to achieve net zero—and for Siemens to come through in the timeframe and make something like this happen is incredible, it’s an amazing thing.” Critical to the 9.6 kW PV system was the implementation of Siemens Sinvert EZ microinverters that will revolutionize the way solar PV solutions are implemented for home and small business owners. Microinverters provide a modular, scalable platform to connect roof-mounted solar PV modules with a typical residential, commercial, or institutional building’s alternating current (AC) load center or panel board. Siemens microinverters offer a simple and compelling solution to complex system implementation problems and safety issues associated with the direct current (DC) output of solar modules. Extreme Makeover Home Edition The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC. Siemens Industry Siemens Industry, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens’ global Industry Sector business—the world’s leading supplier of production, transportation and building technology solutions. The company’s integrated hardware and software technologies enable comprehensive industry-specific solutions for industrial and infrastructure providers to increase their productivity, sustainability and profitability. The Industry Sector includes six divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and Osram Sylvania. With nearly 204,000 Siemens Industry Sector employees worldwide, the Industry Sector posted a worldwide profit of $4.7 billion on revenues of $47.3 billion in fiscal 2010. Building Technologies A division of Siemens Industry, Inc., Building Technologies is a leading provider of energy and environmental solutions, building controls, electrical distribution equipment, fire safety and security systems solutions. Building Technologies provides a full range of services and solutions from more than 100 locations coast-to-coast, enabling America’s buildings to be more comfortable, secure and environmentally friendly as well as less costly to operate. Worldwide, it has nearly 42,000 employees and operates from more than 500 locations in 51 countries. The Building Technologies Division posted worldwide revenues of $9.3 billion in fiscal 2010.

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