AEROWATT : Aérowatt and Schüco enter a commercial partnership for the supply of photovoltaic solar systems

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Representing an installed capacity of 6.8 megawatts in 2009

Paris, 19th February 2009 - Aérowatt, an independent and integrated producer of wind-generated and photovoltaic electricity, and Schüco, Europe's number 1 in the building structure and energy management technology sector, announce their commercial partnership.

This agreement relates to the supply by Schüco of photovoltaic solar systems (Schüco modules, structures and inverters) to Aérowatt representing a total installed capacity of 6.8 MWc.

This partnership will cover the requirements of four projects developed by Aérowatt in mainland France for a total power of 4 MWc, of which 2.2 MWc are intended for incorporation into the roof of a commercial building in the Vaucluse. These modules will be integrated using the PV XLight system, which has just obtained technical approval from the CSTB. These are structures developed by Schüco France to respond to the specific requirements of the French market for integration of industrial and agricultural roofs. The other mainland photovoltaic installations will be carried out on three other sites.

Finally, 2.8 MWc will be installed on the ground in Réunion, in the hills above Sainte Suzanne, a site where Aérowatt already has an installed wind power of 10 MW. The Schüco systems will be installed from the second quarter of 2009.

Schüco is consolidating its leading position in the design of photovoltaic and solar thermal installations. Furthermore, Schüco is the only company on the market to have CSTB Technical Approvals for its products.

Aérowatt is continuing to grow rapidly in the field of solar power, in particular in built-in installations, in accordance with its objectives. On the occasion of the signature of this agreement, Jérôme Billerey, Chairman of the Aérowatt board said he was "very happy with this partnership with a well-known player in the field of photovoltaic equipment, securing the Group's supply of high-quality products. Aérowatt is thus continuing to grow in the field of solar energy production, in parallel with its development in wind power, and confirms its desire to increase its presence in both mainland France and in overseas territories."

Having realised very early on the impact of global warming on our planet, Schüco International has been investing in renewable energy for the last twenty years, in particular in solar technology. Schüco France has therefore helped to introduce this technology in mainland France and in overseas territories, by developing an exceptional level of product-related expertise and by building up a network of more than 400 professionals, capable of offering the best solutions and installing them for end customers, authorities and energy producers.

About Schüco

In parallel with this growing market, solar power at Schüco represented 30% of the group's total business in 2008, up 60% on 2007. For 2009, the company has no plans to halt this development and has set itself a target of more than 50% growth.

Over more than 50 years, Schüco has developed an expertise universally recognised in the building structure sector and, more recently, has launched an advanced renewable energy range. At the end of 2007, the group launched Energy²: a concept borne by a range of high-performance products for production and conservation of energy. Schüco is therefore entering a new era in the world of construction, aimed at continuously improving the energy footprint of buildings but without abandoning modern architecture.
Aluminium, PVC and Solar systems: the group has the widest range of solutions on the market. Capable of meeting the most diverse safety, comfort, aesthetic and energy requirements. This is how Schüco intends to construct the buildings of the future.
With a presence in 75 countries, the group turned over ¤2 billion in 2007, has 4,500 employees and 12,000 partner companies.
Managed by Guy Vicente, the Schüco France subsidiary also demonstrates a particularly high level of dynamism. It employs 280 people and had a turnover of ¤200 million in 2007, a growth of 25% year on year over 3 years, with a forecast of ¤245 million for 2008.

About Aérowatt

An independent producer of power from renewable energy sources in Metropolitan France and overseas, Aérowatt is involved in every stage of the development of its wind and solar power stations, from identifying sites to selling electricity.

As of 31st December 2008, Aérowatt owns and operates 22 wind power stations producing 69 MW and 17 solar sites producing the equivalent of 2.8 MWc and has a portfolio of projects for 1,240 MW of wind energy and more than 110 MWc of solar energy. It has set itself the objective of achieving an installed capacity to produce 350 MW of wind energy and 50 MWc of solar energy by the end of 2013.

At the end of 2008, Aérowatt had 45 employees of which 20 are focused on project development.

Contacts

Aérowatt
Jérôme Billerey
+33 (0)2 38 88 64 64
aerowatt@aerowatt.fr
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