Day4 Energy, Swiss Consulate General, Vancouver Leaders Celebrate SolarTaxi's North American Journey at Telus Science World



    
    Global Solar-Powered Journey Showcases Climate Change Solutions
    

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 4 /CNW/ -- Amid growing concern
surrounding global climate change, Swiss-born Louis Palmer and his
international team have embarked on a solar powered drive around the world to
demonstrate that solutions exist today. Powered entirely by electricity from
the sun, the SolarTaxi began its North American leg of the global journey in
Vancouver, British Columbia with an official welcome from advanced solar
module manufacturer Day4 Energy, the Consulate General of Switzerland and
other regional business, policy and environmental leaders.
    Newly arrived from South Korea, Canada is the latest in the SolarTaxi's
worldwide journey across 40 countries and five continents. Palmer and his team
embarked on the next step of their historic trip from Vancouver's Telus
Science World yesterday with a celebration that featured addresses from many
local leaders, including:

    
    -- The Honourable Joan McIntyre, Minister of State for Intergovernmental
       Relations
    -- Walter Deplazes, Consul General of Switzerland
    -- Louis Palmer, Director and Driver for the SolarTaxi world tour
    -- John Stonier, Vice President of Solar Panel Manufacturer Day4 Energy
    -- Don Chandler, President of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association.
    -- Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra
    -- Guy Dauncey, President of the British Columbia Sustainable Energy
       Association
    
    "Solar power is real and it is here today, already delivering clean,
reliable electricity where and when it is most needed. Here in Vancouver, Day4
Energy's growth is one indicator of the business and environmental
opportunities inherent in this burgeoning green economy," said Jake Brown,
vice president of Day4 Energy. "Over the course of their iconic voyage, Mr.
Palmer and his SolarTaxi team are proving that the world is ready to make
power from the sun a significant portion of our global energy mix."
    "We are pleased to welcome the SolarTaxi to Vancouver, and we look
forward to see this vision carried on in 2011 with the team's Solar Impulse, a
solar airplane project spearheaded by Swiss scientist Bertrand Piccard, who
made the first-ever around-the-world balloon flight in 1999," said Walter
Deplazes, Consul General of Switzerland. "Solar energy plays an important role
in Switzerland, apparent at installations at many private and official
buildings, like the Stade de Suisse in Bern.  Several Swiss universities, the
Swiss Laboratory for Solar Technology at the Paul Scherrer Institute and
professors from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are currently
looking at new and innovative ways of capturing and using the power of the
sun." More information is available at http://solar.web.psi.ch
    Visit http://www.solartaxi.com to learn more about Louis Palmer's
remarkable journey.
    
    About Day4 Energy:
    
    Headquartered near Vancouver, British Columbia, Day4 Energy Inc. designs,
manufactures and sells photovoltaic (PV) modules based on its patented Day4
Electrode technology, a proprietary method of contacting and interconnecting
solar cells. The Day4 Electrode produces PV panels of high power density,
increased lifetime and uncompromised aesthetic appearance. The advanced solar
module construction method increases the performance of conventional silicon
panels and enables the next-generation of PV innovation. Day4 partners with
the industry's leading PV cell producers to deliver IEC and UL certified
commercial and residential solar products to customers throughout Europe and
North America. For more information, visit: http://www.day4energy.com




For further information:

For further information: Media, Rosalind Jackson of Antenna Group, 
+1-415-977-1923, rosalind@antennagroup.com, for Day4 Energy Inc.; or 
Investors, Cory Pala of Day4 Energy Inc., +1-416-657-2400, 
CPala@Day4Energy.com Web Site: http://www.day4energy.com                 
http://www.solartaxi.com                  http://solar.web.psi.ch

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