Xantrex Supplying Solar Inverters for Largest North American Solar PV Installation at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Xantrex Technology Inc. (TSX:XTX) today
announced it has received a US$3.6 million order to supply solar inverters for
North America's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Nellis Air Force
Base (AFB) in Nevada. Xantrex Grid Tie (GT) 250 kW inverters will be
integrated into the Nellis AFB solar PV system which is rated at approximately
15 megawatts and is expected to generate in excess of 25 million
kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually and supply more than 25 percent
of the power used at the base. Xantrex will serve as the sole supplier to the
primary contractor, SunPower Corporation's Systems subsidiary.
    The GT 250 is Xantrex's latest North American commercial three phase
solar inverter. The new line of three phase solar inverters features
best-in-class California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency of 96 percent and
optimized energy harvest. The new compact, integrated, zero-clearance, sealed
electronics cabinet design delivers long term reliability and can be installed
in areas with limited space while maintaining ease of serviceability.
    The ground-mounted solar system will use an advanced tracking system for
its 70,000 solar electric panels to follow the sun and maximize energy harvest
for Nellis AFB.
    "The Nellis AFB solar project, which is the largest solar PV system in
North America so far, confirms that renewable energy is getting traction among
diverse customers including the U.S. government," said Mossadiq S. Umedaly,
Xantrex chairman. "Such large-scale adoption of solar power is demonstrating a
path to a sustainable future. We are pleased that, together with our partner,
SunPower, we are able to offer the best solar power solutions to the world."
    "We are pleased to be chosen as the sole supplier on this project," said
John Wallace, chief executive officer of Xantrex. "Our latest generation of
three phase, commercial solar inverters, which set a new standard for the
industry, are meeting customer requirements for cost, effectiveness and
    "SunPower continues to lead the industry with its high-efficiency solar
energy systems and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Xantrex
to provide the inverter technology for the Nellis AFB project," said Dan
Shugar, president of SunPower Corporation, Systems. "Together, our technology
will decrease the base's energy needs from the utility grid and offer clean
solar power without creating emissions or waste."

    About Xantrex

    Xantrex Technology Inc. (www.xantrex.com) is a world leader in the
development, manufacturing and marketing of advanced power electronic products
and systems for the renewable, programmable, mobile, and portable power
markets. The company's products convert and control raw electrical power from
any central, distributed, renewable, or backup power source into high-quality
power required by electronic and electrical equipment. Headquartered in
Vancouver, British Columbia, the company has facilities in Arlington,
Washington; Livermore and San Diego, California; Elkhart, Indiana; Barcelona,
Spain; and Reading, England. Xantrex is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the ticker symbol "XTX".

    About SunPower

    SunPower Corp. designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance
solar-electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale
power plant customers. SunPower high-efficiency solar cells and solar panels
generate up to 50 percent more power than conventional solar technologies and
have a uniquely attractive, all-black appearance. With headquarters in San
Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more
information, visit http://www.sunpowercorp.com. SunPower is a majority-owned
subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:   CY)

    Note that this news release may contain forward-looking statements
related to Xantrex Technology Inc. Such statements reflect the current views
of Xantrex with respect to future events and are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
contemplated in these forward-looking statements.

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