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NEW YORK, Feb 10, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. will host the first-of-its-kind Opportunities in Solar and Clean Tech Symposium on Feb. 21, 2006, in New York. The symposium will cover issues and trends in the solar and clean tech industry through management presentations from leading public and private companies in the sector. The symposium will also feature a keynote address by Joe Desmond, chairman of the California Energy Commission.

Desmond, who was appointed chairman in May 2005, oversees the commission, which is responsible for overseeing funding programs that support public interest energy research, advance energy science and technology through research, development and demonstration and providing market support to existing, new and emerging renewable technologies. The commission also establishes energy policy and is responsible for siting new generation.

"Solar is the fastest growing, and best performing sector within technology," said Jesse Pichel, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray. "We have assembled 22 of the world's leading solar companies to present and meet with our institutional clients. This one day event will highlight a number of ways to participate in the solar investment theme."

Companies scheduled to present include: BP Solar International Inc. (subsidiary of BP), Canadian Solar Inc., Conenergy AG, DayStar Technologies, Inc., Emcore Corporation, Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., ErSol Solar Energy AG, Evergreen Solar, Inc., Konarka Technologies, Inc., LDK Solar Hi-Tech Co. Ltd., Magnetek, Inc., MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., Nanosolar, Inc., PowerLight Corporation, Solaicx, Solar Integrated Technology, SOLON AG, Spire Corporation, Stirling Energy Systems Inc., SunPower Corporation, Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. and Xantrex Technology Inc.

Company and investor participation in the Opportunities in Solar Power and Clean Tech Symposium is by invitation only. Clients interested in attending should contact their Piper Jaffray representative. Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Susan Beatty at 612 303-5680 or .

Piper Jaffray & Co. is the chief operating subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company operates through two primary revenue-generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. Piper Jaffray & Co. has served corporations, government and non-profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 2,900 employees in 107 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at .

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