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A range of solar installations across the state of California has enabled Stellar Solar to post the best opening Q1 figures in its 12-year history. Developments for U.S. Foodservice, Salk Institute and the Vandenberg Air Force have been complemented by strong residential sales, and with two months remaining in the quarter Stellar has already built up a 2.5MW order backlog.

"We are enthusiastic about this strong start and feel it's a good indicator for solar and the economy in 2011," said Michael Powers, Stellar’s vice president of sales and marketing.

"These projects also highlight our standing as a significant player in the commercial solar space. All three are high-profile installations are a testament to our highly-experienced team of design and installation professionals," added Stellar’s founder and president, Kent Harle.