Press Releases

Caterpillar and PowerParasol® to Bring Patented Solar Shade to Global Microgrids

PHOENIX Ariz. (August X, 2016) – Caterpillar, Inc., an industry leader in helping customers develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets, has inked a deal to bring PowerParasol® solar shade structures to remote areas where people and industry lack access to electricity. Caterpillar will sell and build PowerParasol structures worldwide through the Cat dealer network, bringing this patented solution to the large and rapidly growing microgrid market.

KOA to Install First-of-its-Kind Solar Shade Structure

Patented structures to provide open shade for a full acre of campsites and produce a megawatt of clean, distributed generation energy TUCSON, Ariz. (June 16, 2015) – A breakthrough new technology will soon allow Kampgrounds of America (KOA) visitors to camp, gather and even build campfires under a patented shade structure that produces clean solar energy. The first-of-its kind PowerParasol® will shade more than an acre of the KOA’s campground in Tucson, including two architectural, 30-foot high structures that give visitors room to park RVs in 30 campsites. A patented design creates dappled light, allowing plants and the campground’s famous fruit trees to thrive and families to camp, gather and barbeque under the structures, while the height and unique design preserve views of the mountains and desert landscape and creates an open, airy space.

Federal Patent Awarded to Valley Solar Energy Developer of PowerParasol®

Local start-up granted patent for innovative solar shade structure CHANDLER — Four years after filing its initial application, today PowerParasol is a patented power-producing solar shade structure. Strategic Solar Energy, a Chandler-based start-up company, was informed of the award from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which officially issued and published the patent on September 2.

PowerParasol: Shade & Sun Work Together to Transform ASU Landscape

Local start-up, APS team to provide unique solar project for busy ASU spaces TEMPE – At a time when market forces are shifting and reports of unrest and uncertainty in the solar industry are raging in Arizona, a local start up company has partnered with Arizona’s largest utility, APS, to deliver a project for the state’s most prominent and voracious consumer of solar energy, Arizona State University. But this time, the projects are as much about transforming space as they are about transforming electric power generation.