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REM Eyewear Completes Revolutionary, Suspended Solar System

The TenSol Mesa is a solar panel parking canopy featuring a series of tensioned cables for support

The first, cable-suspended free span solar energy system was completed today over the REM Eyewear headquarters parking lot. The patented, cable-supported photovoltaic system created by P4P Energy is expected to generate 40,877 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity per year, enough to power five to six single family homes and to prevent 1.5 million pounds of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.

The revolutionary, uniquely aesthetic solar panel system is designed to utilize otherwise untapped air-space, in future applications that include coverage over aqueducts, irregular terrain, agricultural and brown fields, parking lots, and pedestrian malls and walk ways.

The state-of-the-art P4P Energy TenSol-brand suspension system differs from conventional solar installations by eliminating the need for excessive use of columns and foundations that traditionally support photovoltaic panel arrays. Instead, hundreds of panels can lie atop low-cost cables that span as much as 200 feet across, helping bring economic parity between the cost of solar energy and fossil fuel-generated power.

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