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Solar Array Powers Pacific War Memorial

Last Updated: March 11, 2005

Solar Array Powers Pacific War Memorial

CORREGIDOR ISLAND, Philippines, March 11, 2005 -- The Corregidor Foundation and the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment, Inc., under the auspices of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, today announced the dedication of a state-of-the-art solar array at the Eternal Flame monument at the "Topside" site on Corregidor Island, using 20 percent efficient silicon solar cells manufactured in the Philippines by SunPower Corp.  SunPower is a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-performance silicon devices. 

The solar-generated electric power at the monument is stored in batteries and used to operate high-performance lights that illuminate the memorial from dusk to dawn.  The new system uses three all-black, 200-watt SunPower solar panels that maximize power output while simultaneously providing a uniform appearance, critical to maintaining the aesthetic integrity of the memorial.  Other project co-sponsors and supporters include: U-Freight Philippines, the Department of Energy, the Corregidor Foundation and the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment. 

U.S. General Douglas Mac Arthur first celebrated the recapture of Corregidor on March 2, 1945 in ceremonies honoring the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team that hoisted the colors near the site of the Eternal Flame sculpture.  The memorial was erected to honor the peoples' right to live in freedom's light.

"The events commemorating the 60th anniversary of Corregidor's liberation provide a unique opportunity to showcase the power of solar technology and our attention to quality in one of the most important tourist destinations in the Philippines," said Lt. Col. Artemio Matibag of the Corregidor Foundation.  "The silent, reliable quality of solar power maintains the solemnity of the site while preserving the environmental integrity of the entire island."

"The new solar lighting system is the first in a series of applications that SunPower will install in the Philippines over the coming year," said Greg Reichow, plant manager of SunPower Philippines.  "SunPower's products are not only outstanding in efficiency but also in their unique appearance, which works especially well with architecturally rich structures, such as the Eternal Flame monument." 

"We see a clear road ahead to an expanded presence in the Philippines," said Don Mika president of Cypress Manufacturing Ltd., the Philippines branch of parent company, Cypress Semiconductor Corp.  "Cypress is pleased with the performance of its SunPower subsidiary and sees a future of additional manufacturing growth as well as direct application of its products in an effort to help ensure that every citizen of the country has access to the convenience of modern electric power." 

"I am reminded of President Kennedy's Inaugural Address of 1961," said Leslie Murray of the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment.  ‘In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger.... I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it--and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.'  I see these solar powered lights as a symbol of the freedom won here sixty years ago." 


A photo of SunPower's SPR-200 module can be downloaded from: along with a collection of images from the dedication ceremony.

About SunPower

SunPower, a majority-owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), designs and manufactures high-performance silicon solar cells based on an interdigitated all-back-contact design. The company's initial products were put to use in a variety of high-performance applications, including the NASA-sponsored AeroVironment airplane, "Helios," that flew to a record altitude of 96,863 feet on August 13, 2001. SunPower manufactures its high performance A-300 solar cells in a new facility outside of Manila, the Philippines. The company currently operates a 25 MW production line there, and is planning to ramp production to more than 100 MW. For more information on SunPower or solar technology, please visit the SunPower website at

About Cypress

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) provides high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch and core communications system applications. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, USB devices, timing technology solutions, solar cells and modules and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

About U-Freight Philippines

Established in 1978, U-Freight Philippines is a premier service-oriented transportation company servicing time-sensitive manufacturing and retail industries.  Over the years it has developed from a traditional forwarding company to a full logistics firm offering services that meet the global demands of International and Local Freight Forwarding, Customs Brokerage and Warehousing.  Having obtained its ISO certification in 1996, its quality policy is geared towards adherence to customer requirements and zero incidence of service failures as it places first in its quality improvement and measurement the timeliness in cargo pick-up and transfer, customer specified routing orders, cargo security, accuracy, completeness and timely dispatch of airway bill and related export and import shipping documents.

About the Filipino-American Memorial Endowment

The Filipino American Memorial Endowment (FAME) - a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental organization was founded in 1986, under the auspices of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.
Its three objectives are: (1) to generate funds for the maintenance of the physical appearance of WWII memorials in the Philippines; (2) to provide an excellent opportunity to foster and develop Filipino- American relations, through the shared heritage of both countries; and (3) to provide a means of developing recognition and better understanding of a common heritage among the Filipino youth who had no experience of --as well as little knowledge of - WWlI.

Today, as in its beginnings eighteen years ago, FAME works with like-minded individuals, companies and organizations, serving as a catalyst to effect any repairs, renovation or refurbishment necessary to keep these Filipino-American monuments a fitting memorial to those who fought so bravely side by side.

An ongoing FAME project is the restoration of the 138  Kilometer Markers that line the Bataan Death March route from Mariveles, Bataan to Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.

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