PPG activates solar array at glass research facility

Site in Harmar, Pa., designed for product testing by PPG, customers

PPG Industries has activated a new 4,800-watt solar system, currently equipped with two 10-module arrays featuring SOLARPHIRE(R) PV photovoltaic glass and Solarphire AR anti-reflective glass, at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa.
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 4, 2011 – PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has activated a new 4,800-watt solar system at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa., about 15 miles from the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh. The system enables PPG to demonstrate for customers the value of its prototype and existing solar glass products, such as the SOLARPHIRE(R) glass product line, and to help researchers and product developers gather real-world data on the performance of these products.

It is currently equipped with two 10-module arrays: one using Solarphire PV photovoltaic glass, and one using Solarphire AR anti-reflective glass. Online monitoring software measures the real-time power output of each array, and solar power generated by the system is tied back into building operations.

The site also is available for use by PPG customers to test and demonstrate their products in one-month intervals. Customers with products installed on the array can access performance data via email or the Internet.

For more information about solar product testing at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center, call Scott Follett or Pat Kelly at (412) 820-8500.

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and Solarphire is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Rob Struble
PPG Flat Glass