Lugar Names SunRise Solar President Energy Patriot

Senator Richard Lugar IndianaMonday, March 5, 2007

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar recently named Bill Keith, President of SunRise Solar Inc. in St. John, Indiana, as a Lugar Energy Patriot for his innovation of solar-powered attic fans. The award is part of an ongoing effort by Lugar to recognize members of the business community, professionals, scholars, or students who demonstrate leadership and initiative in taking concrete action to reduce America's dependence on foreign energy sources.

"I am excited about Bill Keith's achievements as an Indiana business leader who shares a vision of the many possibilities that renewable fuel resources offer our country. I especially admire Bill's innovation in the solar energy market and the public awareness he brings to energy conservation through his solar-powered attic fans," Lugar said.

EDF: Profile: Bill Keith, SunRise Solar

Environmental Defense FundThis profile was prepared by Collaborative Economics for Environmental Defense Fund.

February 17, 2009

Inventor of a solar attic fan that dramatically cuts energy bills
Bill Keith of St. John, Indiana had run a roofing company with his brother for 20 years when he invented his solar-powered attic fan, aiming to cut his customers' electric bills.


EDF: Case Study: SunRise Solar

Environmental Defense FundThis case study was prepared by Collaborative Economics for Environmental Defense Fund.

February 17, 2009

Product and service mix
SunRise Solar Inc. manufactures and sells solar-powered attic fans (roof vents that run entirely on a built-in solar panel). The attic fan removes hot air from the attic to keep the house cooler. With less heat dissipating back into the house, there is less drain on the air conditioning system. This extends the life of cooling equipment and reduces air conditioning bills. The product also extends the life of the roof shingles which are petroleum-based products.