SunEarth to Display at Inter Solar North America 2013
June 6th, 2013
The SunEarth Team welcomes our current and future customers to joins us at InterSolar North America 2013 the week of July 9th through the 11th at BOOTH# 7814.
For more information about SunEarth please contact us at sunearthinc.com
We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco
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 at Solar Power International 2012
August 21st, 2012
We encourage all our valued customers and friends to join the SunEarth team in
Florida for SPI 2012 the week of September 10th through the 13th. See us at
booth 3957 located in the solar heating section.
Also look for information about SunEarth in the Solar Power Daily News distributed
For more information about SunEarth please contact us at sunearthinc.com
Or contact Peter Bliss at 909-434-3100.
We look forward to seeing you in Florida.
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
SunEarth Is Selected For §48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit
February 2nd, 2010
Fontana, California – February 2, 2010 – The Department of the Treasury has accepted SunEarth’s application for a competitive §48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit.
This manufacturing credit is part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009, and is designed to encourage taxpayers to re-equip, expand or establish manufacturing facilities for the production of renewable energy equipment and other qualifying advanced energy property.
According to Richard Reed, President of SunEarth, “We realized in 2007 that our capital equipment was aging and that it was time to invest in new state of the art production equipment. Unfortunately, the financial meltdown and subsequent recession put our plans on hold”.
“ARRA provided the incentive we needed to get our modernization and expansion plans back on track. I have been very impressed with the government’s speed and focus in choosing the tax credit recipients”, said Reed. He went on to say that SunEarth’s investment will create new manufacturing jobs in Southern California as well as mitigate an estimated eighty-eight million of tons of CO2 and other greenhouses gases over the useful operating life of the equipment.
Founded in 1978, SunEarth is a leading manufacturer of solar thermal collectors, ancillary system components, and mounting hardware. The company remains wholly American owned and operated.
SunBelt Series Collector
November 2nd, 2009
ANNOUNCING A NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY
THE SUNBELT SERIES LIQUID FLAT PLATE COLLECTORS
SunEarth is pleased to announce the addition of our new SunBelt series collectors. The SunBelt is a simple, yet well engineered collector that generates appropriate performance in the scorching U.S. Sunbelt, particularly the desert Southwest. In our judgment this is the toughest 365 day climate in the world. At a time when many solar thermal manufacturers are touting the benefits of high efficiency collectors regardless of climate conditions, SunEarth’s 31 years of experience in the U.S. marketplace has led us to take a different approach.
In general, system overheating is a far more common and potentially damaging problem in the Sunbelt than under performance. Persistent overheating can reduce both the individual component and system life. SunEarth believes a better approach is to align climate appropriate collector output with overall system performance.
Our new SunBelt collector has been designed with the exacting conditions of the U.S. Southwest in mind, but can also be used successfully in other climate zones. The collector features an attractive and rugged anodized extrusion, standard SunEarth all copper absorber with water based flat black paint, tempered glass, polyisocyanurate insulation, and standard ¾” headers. There has been no skimping on the quality or reliability of the subcomponents. The SunBelt is backed by our standard ten year limited warranty.
The SunBelt collector’s many benefits include significantly lower stagnation temperatures than black chrome or moderately selective absorber plates, reduced system overheating, prolonged propylene glycol and storage tank life expectancies, reduction in nuisance thermostat reset service calls, and lower initial cost.
At SunEarth we believe that in the rugged U.S. Sunbelt it’s the BTU’s you don’t collect that can really make a difference in system longevity. Solar thermal distributors and contractors owe it to their customers to provide durable and reliable components and systems that generate persistent energy savings for decades. The first step begins by specifying quality SunEarth collectors and SRCC OG-300 certified systems.
For more information on the SunBelt Series of liquid flat plate collectors or any of SunEarth’s other quality solar energy products please contact Paul Outram or Peter Bliss.