Solar manufacturer participating in Super Bowl festivities

HATTIESBURG — Solar Alternatives, a solar design and installation company based in New Orleans, and Stion, a solar manufacturer in Hattiesburg, are teaming up to install solar panels at New Orleans’ Kingswood Playground as part of the city’s Super Bowl festivities.

On the eve of Super Bowl XLVII, the Super Bowl Host Committee will hold its premier community initiative, Super Saturday of Service, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, the Young Leadership Council and other local organizations. Super Saturday of Service will result in $2 million of renovation and beautification, including a solar-powered canopy constructed by Solar Alternatives using Stion’s Elevation Series solar modules.

The canopy features an octagonal design. The installation will be used to power lighting and other services, and will result in the state’s first net-zero public facility. The solar panels will provide 11 kilowatts of power, and reduce CO2 emissions in the area by more than 500,000 pounds over the next 25 years. Employees from both companies will participate in the Super Saturday volunteering efforts as well as subsequent efforts to raise awareness about solar power.

“There is no event more American than the Super Bowl, so we are proud to take part in this project as we help lead the resurgence of U.S. solar manufacturing,” said Frank Yang, vice president of business development for Stion Corporation and Stion Solar Mississippi, LLC. “This is a great opportunity to highlight our emphasis on community involvement.”

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