Iconic Bob’s Big Boy of Burbank Lauds 60th Anniversary By Going Green

Canadian Solar, HelioPower and Bob’s Big Boy launch “Sixty and Solar” celebration to showcase Bob’s solar power installation; invite patron participation

TORONTO, Canada, Los Angeles and Murrieta, Calif. – July 16 – Canadian Solar Inc. (“Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), HelioPower, Inc. and Bob’s Big Boy of Burbank today announced the launch of the Bob’s “Sixty and Solar” campaign.  Commemorating 60 years in operation by going a modern “green,” Bob’s is inaugurating a 26 kW Canadian Solar photovoltaic panel system installed by HelioPower. The “Sixty and Solar” celebration showcases Bob’s solar power installation and invites fans to participate by sharing their Bob’s stories. To kick off the celebration, Bob’s patrons are invited to register their restaurant memories at a filming this weekend at the Burbank location.

The Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant located at 4211 Riverside Drive in Burbank, California is the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy in the United States.  Over the years Bob’s has seen a parade of celebrity names stop by for a hamburger.  Movie stars of old have been regulars, with the restaurant serving some of the world’s top musical talent and being the site of the celebrity attended Friday Night classic car show.

“Our 50th celebration gave us an opportunity to invite patrons to a parking lot beach party,” said Bob’s Big Boy owner Philip MacDonald. The MacDonald family has owned the Bob’s since 1949 and took over operations in 1993, the same year it was designated a California Point of Historical Interest.  “In addition to going ‘green’ we are using the contemporary tools of a new generation to bring our fans together on the Internet. This campaign is a platform for our patrons to share their Bob’s memories online as well as come in and see us,” said MacDonald.

Filming of Bob’s stories will take place Friday, July 17 from 5 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, July 18 from 10 am to 5 pm at the restaurant.  There is no charge; however those who participate will be required to sign a photo release form.  Stories will be edited and posted online as appropriate on the campaign’s website, http://www.SixtyandSolar.com, YouTubeFacebook and MySpace sites.

“Bob’s has a very special place in the American landscape,” said Greg Ashley, President of Canadian Solar (USA), Inc. “The owners of this unique structure have demonstrated leadership to building owners across the country. By optimizing renewable energy design and historical architecture, Bob’s has proven that green energy and architectural charm can work well together.  We are very pleased that Canadian Solar’s high performance solar panels are a part of this installation and a part of the ‘Sixty and Solar’ celebration. Happy Birthday, Bob!”

The restaurant is now generating a portion of its own electricity from a solar power system consisting of 132 Canadian Solar CS6P 200 Modules. The system is installed on the large steel carport structure and a flat commercial roof above the neighboring Starbucks. It was designed and installed by HelioPower. The Bob’s solar installation will produce 39 MWh (mega watt hours) of electricity. This is enough green energy to offset the electrical demand of about seven homes; the elimination of CO2 offsets 57,000 miles driven per year and the equivalent of 78 trees planted and carbon sequestered for the life of those trees.  Other environmental technologies applied at Bob’s include recycling and energy efficient lighting.

“From concept to design, implementation to a fully operational solar power system, HelioPower has done a wonderful job installing solar power on our historic building,” explained MacDonald.

“Bob’s has a rich tradition of being a good neighbor. Over the years they have given over $500,000 to local charities.  At their 50th celebration Habitat for Humanity was part of the festivities.  This year, the San Fernando Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity will rejoin the list of Bob’s charities as the official charity of the ‘Sixty and Solar’ celebration,” explained Glenna Wiseman, Vice President of Marketing for HelioPower.

“As the only Habitat affiliate that builds in Burbank and the San Fernando Valley, we rely on local businesses and our neighbors to help raise funds to provide decent affordable housing right here in our community, so we are honored to be an ongoing part of Bob’s history and future,” said Jack Shine, Chairman of the Board of Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley, Serving Northern LA City and County.

Wiseman continued, “This campaign has magic.  It is a wonderful opportunity for Bob’s fans around the world to connect and celebrate Bob’s, its rich tradition and the modern commitment its owners have shown to solar technology.”

Additional sponsors of the “Sixty and Solar” campaign currently include American Meat Company, Apffels Gourmet Coffee, Sysco Los Angeles and U.S. Foods.  For more information about becoming a sponsor please email [email protected]

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About Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)

Canadian Solar Inc. is a leading vertically integrated provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module and other solar applications. Canadian Solar designs, manufactures and delivers solar products and solar systems for on-grid and off-grid use to customers worldwide. Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest solar module producers by manufacturing capacity. With operations in North America, Europe and Asia, Canadian Solar provides premium quality, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solar solutions to support global sustainable development. For more information, visit http://www.canadian-solar.com

About HelioPower

HelioPower has been committed to engineering solar power solutions for residential, commercial, community and utility scale partners since 2001.  A leading sustainable energy integration firm, HelioPower operates in California and Nevada, serving clients worldwide. HelioPower can be reached toll free at 1 87 SOLAR 888 or on the web at http://www.HelioPower.com.

Contacts:
 
For Canadian Solar:
Greg Ashley
Acting President of America
Canadian Solar Inc.
Tel: 1 925 866 2700
[email protected]

For HelioPower:
Richard Matthews
951-6777-7755 Ext 110

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