Spire & UNICOR Team Up for Federal Solar Systems
Spire to provide systems design and contract management expertise
BEDFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 10, 2009– Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic (PV) modules, turnkey manufacturing lines and solar PV systems worldwide and UNICOR – Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (UNICOR), a wholly-owned government corporation authorized to operate industries in federal correctional institutions throughout the United States (U.S.), today announced the signing of a non-exclusive Teaming Agreement to bring PV systems to the Federal Government.
Recently, Spire Solar announced the expansion of Spire Solar Systems. While continuing to supply commercial markets with solar photovoltaic electric systems, this division has broadened its services to the U.S. federal market. As a full-service organization, Spire Solar Systems offers system designs and project management to accommodate federal organizations required to achieve the mandated renewable energy goals of 7.5% by 2013 required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT). Spire Solar is continuing its efforts to penetrate this market by combining its resources with UNICOR.
“Spire Solar and UNICOR teaming will strengthen Spire’s presence in the federal market as well as provide UNICOR with the engineering support they need to provide quality systems to their customer base,” said Roger G. Little, Chairman and CEO of Spire Corporation. “We are confident in UNICOR’s manufacturing knowledge of the federal market and equally confident in our systems engineering expertise. Together we bring something unique to the federal marketplace.”
Julie Rozier, Public Information Officer for UNICOR, said, “We look forward to working with Spire to deliver PV systems to the federal marketplace.”
UNICOR – Federal Prison Industries, Inc.
UNICOR is a self-sustaining corporation, established in 1934, operating at no cost to the taxpayer, to provide voluntary, real world, work programming for federal inmates. An integral part of the Bureau of Prisons, UNICOR contributes to the safety and security of our Nation’s Federal Correctional Facilities by keeping inmates constructively occupied; produces market priced, quality goods and services for sale to the Federal Government; studies indicate program participants are 24% less likely to recidivate, and are 14% more likely to be gainfully employed upon re-entry into society.
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