City of Loma Linda taps Alpha for FTTH, solar power

July 20, 2006 Bellingham, WA -- Alpha Technologies Inc. announces the commissioning of the first phase of a 267-kW solar power plant for the City of Loma Linda, CA. When fully operational the power plant, based on photovoltaic technology, will provide over 430 MWh of electricity annually - enough to power 70 homes a year. The company also will provide backup powering products for the city's FTTH initiative.

July 20, 2006 Bellingham, WA -- Alpha Technologies Inc. announces the commissioning of the first phase of a 267-kW solar power plant for the City of Loma Linda, CA. When fully operational the power plant, based on photovoltaic technology, will provide over 430 MWh of electricity annually - enough to power 70 homes a year. The company also will provide backup powering products for the city's FTTH initiative.

Alpha is providing an array of backup powering products for Loma Linda's FTTH network, designing DC plants and inverter solutions for both headend and point of presence (POP) sites. Later this year, Alpha's indoor fiber power equipment will be used throughout the network.

"The City of Loma Linda has been developing its communications infrastructure to world-class status since 2003 as part of the Connected Community Program. These efforts put Loma Linda in the forefront of a much needed national effort to bring information and connectivity to our residents," said James Hettrick, director of information systems for the City of Loma Linda. "Alpha is helping us improve the quality of life in our community in two ways: First by enabling us to generate clean, renewable energy and second by offering the reliability solutions that ensure our investment in fiber will stay 'lit' regardless of the condition of the utility power grid."

In the solar project, the solar panels are mounted on the roofs of four city buildings and on shade structures covering parking spaces in the Civic Center complex. "The panels do 'double duty' in this configuration," commented Paul Barlock, President, Alpha Technologies "They not only generate electricity, they also keep the sun off buildings and cars making them easier and less expensive to cool."

Alpha chose Sharp solar modules for this project. The construction phase of the project is being led by Alpha Technologies Services, a national provider of maintenance, construction and turnkey design/build services.

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