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TAG Smart Energy Society Names Professional and Company of the Year

James Marlow, CEO of Radiance Solar, and Suniva, Inc. Recognized For Contributions To Region's Smart Energy Economy

 (ATLANTA, GA) January 17, 2013 -- 

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Smart Energy Society announced the winners of its TAG Smart Energy Annual Awards, naming James Marlow Professional of the Year and Suniva Company of the Year.  The annual dinner and awards celebration was held on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"Our TAG Smart Energy professional and company of the year demonstrate the leadership qualities that advance the economic, energy efficiency and innovation benefits of the smart energy economy in our region," said Bob Miller, chairman of the group and Director, IBM Industrial Sector.  "We're proud of James and Suniva, as well as all nominees and finalists for helping Georgia lead in smart energy technologies, solutions and growth."

Marlow, CEO of Radiance Solar, was recognized for founding and leading the company's development over the past five years, making his entrepreneurial dream a reality. Radiance Solar's success under Marlow included:  installed over 3.5 MW of solar PV -- some of the largest solar thermal systems in the southeast;  completion of more than 100 projects, including multiple projects for some of the leading businesses and institutions in our region such as Cox, IBG, Georgia Tech, and Electric Cities of Georgia; built seven non-profit projects including The Atlanta Community Foodbank, The Ettowah River Alliance and Habitat for Humanity; helped rally support for programs like Georgia Power's 210 MW Advanced Solar Initiative.

Suniva, Inc., a Norcross-based solar manufacturer that designs and manufactures high-efficiency, high-quality crystalline PV products, earned its recognition from TAG Smart Energy by:  achieving record sales growth including new market success in Mexico and Carribbean;  driving innovation with new services and products for on and off grid systems such as Hybrid Energy System, which includes a PV2EV capability, Microgrid PV systems designed, installed and commissioned, and packaged solutions of entire PV solar farms for utility and commercial clients.  One Suniva project in the Atlanta-area is the Clough Commons sustainable building.

Miller said that criteria for nominees, finalists and winners included: innovation in technology or business which has accelerated the adoption of Smart Energy in Georgia or worldwide;  demonstrated "thought leadership" which has clearly set the direction of Smart Energy in Georgia and worldwide;  developed Smart Energy products/systems/services which have increased Georgia's exports;  showed business leadership and innovation which have created new job opportunities in Georgia; developed educational or marketing programs which have increased public awareness to the importance of making Smart Energy a reality.

TAG Smart Energy Society defines Smart Energy in the context of the modernization of the nation's electricity, water, and natural gas energy systems to monitor, protect, and automatically optimize the operation of interconnected elements. Smart Energy encompasses the optimization of central and distributed energy generation, renewable energy sources, energy storage, the energy transmission network, distribution systems, industrial users, building automation systems, energy storage installations, end-use consumers and their personal and household devices. Smart Energy is characterized by a two-way flow of information to create an automated, widely distributed energy delivery network. It incorporates the benefits of distributed computing and communications to deliver real-time information and enable the near instantaneous balance of energy supply and demand at the device level. 


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