SunEarth Acquired in ESOP
March 17th, 2015
We are very pleased to announce that on Friday, September 19, 2014, The Solaray
Corporation, which includes Inter-Island Solar Supply, Pacific Liquid and Air Systems
and SunEarth Inc., a California corporation, became a 100% employee-owned company.
Carlsmith Ball, Eureka Capital Partners, American ESOP Advisors, and Banker’s Trust
Co. of South Dakota advised and assisted Solaray in facilitating the transaction,
commonly known as an ESOP, or Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
SunEarth Offers Residential and Commercial Financing
March 3rd, 2015
In today’s marketplace, more and more homeowners and business owners are turning to financing as a method for paying for their solar installations. That is why we are proud to present the following industry leading financing programs that are designed to help you increase your sales and make it easier than ever before for your customers to afford their new installations.
Flex Loan Program
Access multiple programs with one call including installment payments, same-as-cash options, no equity 2nd mortgages as well as programs for credit challenged customers. No proof of income is needed on unsecured loans under $15,000. This is a great option for contractors who need a variety of solutions in one place.
Installment+ Loan Program
This program features a revolutionary paperless application process and allows contractors to offer low monthly payments, no interest / no payment programs, special promotions designed to carry rebates or tax credits, and more.
GEOSmart Commercial Financing Program
This program is ideal for commercial businesses who are looking to finance larger comprehensive upgrades to their facility. Contractors can offer this program to their commercial customers or use it to finance their own property improvements.
Note: The customer must own the commercial property in order to utilize this program.
GEOSmart Commercial Leasing Program
This program is ideal for commercial businesses who are looking to lease small and medium sized upgrades to their facility on a short-term of 5 years or less. Contractors can offer this program to their commercial customers or use it for their own property improvements and business expansion.
For details click here
CSI Incentives Increased
February 27th, 2015
CSI recently increased rebates for solar water heating systems. Rebates up to $4,366 for single-family homes and up to $500,000 for multi-family and commercial properties are now available for qualified homeowners, landlords, and business owners.
Take advantage of this great news by installing SunEarth’s high performance solar collectors for both single- and multi-family as well as commercial projects. Our professional staff can assist you with all your solar water heating needs, including full system sizing and creative project financing. In addition to manufacturing the highest rerated SRCC OG-100 collector in the market today, the ThermoRay, we offer residential and commercial tanks, pumps, controller, and mounting systems. Let SunEarth help you grow your business and get the jump on your competition
Oasis Propylene Pool Collector Now Available
April 22nd, 2014
The preferred choice in propylene pool collector The Oasis PP is SunEarth’s market leading pool and spa heating collector.
Qualifying for the CSI Pool program the Oasis PP is the Engineers choice in commercial pool heating. Want to learn more Click Here
In Green Brand Battle U.S. Court Bars Chinese SUN-EARTH Eco-mark
August 21st, 2012
February 28th, 2012 by David Gibbs*
(owned and operated by the Solaray Corporation since 1992) has been marketing
and selling solar thermal collectors and related components under the SUNEARTH
brand since 1978.
In 2009, SunEarth filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO) seeking federal trademark protection for the SUNEARTH word
The USPTO suspended action on the application in view of an earlier filed
application owned by Ningbo Solar Electric Power (Ningbo) for the SUN-EARTH (and
Through a predecessor company, Ningbo had been using its SUN-EARTH design
mark in China since 1978 and began using the mark in the U.S. in 2004.
A U.S. trademark application filed in 2006 for the SUN-EARTH design mark went
abandoned for failure to file a Statement of Use.
In 2008, Ningbo filed a second application to register the SUN-EARTH design
mark. This was the application cited against SunEarth.
The USPTO granted Ningbo’s second application and issued it as U.S. Trademark
Registration No. 3,886,941 (’941 Registration) on December 7, 2010.
Ningbo changed its name to Sun-Earth Solar Power (SESP) in 2010.
After filing a proceeding in the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to
cancel the ’941 Registration and trying to negotiate a settlement with Ningbo,
SunEarth sued for trademark infringement, cancellation of the registration, and
other claims in the Northern District of California in October 2011.
The court recently granted a preliminary injunction against SESP, prohibiting
it from using the SUN-EARTH name or mark in the United States.
According to the Order Granting Plaintiff’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction, although
SESP has a presumption of ownership of the SUN-EARTH mark due to its federal
registration, SunEarth “[is] likely to be able to prove a protectable ownership
interest in the trade name and mark that is senior to that of [SESP].”
The Court based this on its determination that SunEarth was likely to have
been using the SUNEARTH mark in the United States before SESP entered the U.S.
market in 2007:
The court also noted that SunEarth had produced some evidence of actual
This case is a good illustration of the “first to use” system of trademark
priority in the United States.
A federal trademark registration creates a presumption of trademark
ownership. However, that presumption can be rebutted by showing a similar
trademark was used by someone else in interstate commerce within the United
States before the registered trademark.
This case also highlights the difficulties foreign based clean tech companies
may face in protecting their green brands when they decide to enter the U.S.
market. We’re likely to see more of these types of cases, particularly from
David Gibbs is a contributor to Green Patent Blog. David is currently in
his third and final year at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. He
received his undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of California,
SunEarth Now Offers Commercial Lease and PPA Financing
February 16th, 2012
SunEarth is pleased to announce its affiliation with H30 Funding of Oakland, California. H30 Funding is the fastest growing solar thermal finance company and the pioneer of the H30 Simple Solar Lease and Solar Thermal Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Find additional information about these financial products at www.h3ofund.com
H30 provides capital for commercial solar thermal projects valued at $250,000 – $2.5 million. Qualifying projects include:
1) Residential building in which 100 or more people live under a shared roof such as college dormitories, large hotels, and other multi-family buildings, and
2) Commercial and industrial facilities that use large quantities of hot water such as laundromats, car washes, and certain manufacturing operations.
H30’s lease and PPA finance options allow building owners to immediately lower their energy costs without the need to make upfront capital expenditures to purchase a commercial solar water heating system.
The funding process is simple and generally takes no more than three days. Determine whether your next project is eligible for funding by sending an email to Challen@h30fund.com
SunEarth Partners with SunReports – CSI Compliant Monitoring Devices Available Now!
December 21st, 2010
SunEarth is pleased to announce its affiliation with SunReports, a leading provider of performance monitoring solutions for residential and commercial solar thermal and PV installations. SunReport’s web-based data collection, data analysis and graphical user interface software provides current, historical and predicted system performance information, including a unique installer portal that provides an at-a-glance performance overview of an entire installed base.
SunReports meets the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Thermal Program’s stringent requirements for system monitoring devices. SunReports qualifies under the strict standards of measurement accuracy laid out by CSI solar thermal system handbook for monitoring system output. Additionally, CSI has also selected SunReports as an official provider of performance data (PPD), meaning data collected from SunReports devices will be used to determine whether solar systems meet performance requirements for the statewide solar system rebate program.
In order to comply with CSI’s strict flow meter requirements, SunReports has partnered with Grundfos, incorporating the full line of Grundfos VFS sensors into SunReports’ monitoring system to satisfy the needs of CSI’s “Customer Performance Monitoring (CPM)” classification. To meet the even tighter specifications of “Measurement and Evaluation” and “True Up” classifications, SunReports partnered with ONICON, integrating its line of flow sensors and BTU meters into SunReports comprehensive performance monitoring and reporting solution.
SunReports’ Apollo1 and Apollo2 monitoring devices, in combination with the Grundfos FVS sensors and ONICON flow sensors and BTU meters, will not only comply with CSI’s guidelines but will give homeowners and business owners access to system performance data of unparalleled accuracy via SunReports’ web based interface.
For additional information contact SunEarth.
California Offers Cash Incentives for Solar Water Heating Systems
August 18th, 2010
SunEarth Made in the USA
March 3rd, 2010
In accordance with the standards established by the Federal Trade Commission for U.S. origin claims, the following SunEarth products and components fully qualify as Made in the USA:
- Empire, Imperial, SunBelt and UltraSun SunEarth liquid flat plate collectors
- CopperHeart Integral Collector Storage
- Solar Strut and RexRack Mounting Hardware
- CopperStor Drainback Tanks