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Rocklin, Calif., -ย— Don Little Group (DLG), a Northern California real estate investment and development advisory firm, has signed SMA America, LLC, the U.S.-based subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, the world’s largest solar inverter manufacturer, to occupy 40,000 sq. ft. of space at Rocklin Corporate Center. Effective August 2010 for a seven-year term, SMA America is relocating its headquarters, more than quadrupling its office space.

‘We are pleased to welcome SMA America to Rocklin Corporate Center, marking the largest lease deal in the Rocklin region in the last year,’ said Don Little, president and CEO of DLG. ‘With renewable energy emerging as the wave of the future, SMA America and its cutting-edge solar technology products will be well poised to thrive and grow at its new headquarters.’

As part of a leading international renewable energy company, SMA America produces and provides North America with solar inverter products for all power classes, from small residential photovoltaic (PV) systems through utility-scale systems. Solar inverters are the key component in PV systems that convert direct-current electricity into alternating-current electricity, which is required for use on the public power grid.

SMA America’s move to Rocklin Corporate Center is predicated on its massive growth coupled with its desire for Class A office space in a premier and central location in the Rocklin-Roseville area. Currently, SMA America occupies a 25,000 sq. ft. mixed-use building in the Del Mar business park in Rocklin, 8,000 sq. ft. of which is office space with the rest utilized for its warehouse. SMA America will maintain this location as its service and distribution center, moving all office operations to Rocklin Corporate Center, including sales, marketing, finance and all administrative personnel.

‘The Rocklin Corporate Center is one of the best developed and well positioned office parks in the greater Sacramento region,’ said Jurgen Krehnke, president and general manager of SMA America. ‘With the aid of our partners, we were able to secure a highly visible and accessible building with state-of-the-art features and amenities that will meet our needs today and in the future as we continue the sustained growth of our North American operations.’

The Rocklin Corporate Center, a Class A office park located at 6020 and 6030 West Oaks Blvd., is comprised of two steel frame, three-story buildings, each totaling approximately 109,000 sq. ft. It boasts floor-to-ceiling reflective and high performance, dual pane glass windows that offer panoramic views of the Sierra Mountains and double-sided lobbies with natural stone materials. It also delivers modern day interior finishes, including sustainable elements such as low flow fixtures, recycled content in carpet and ceiling tiles, cool roof, and low VOC paints.

The Rocklin Corporate Center is owned by Opus Properties LLC, which retains DLG to serve as real estate and development advisor for its Northern California portfolio. Kevin Larsheid and Scott Rush of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord in leasing the Rocklin Corporate Center, while Jeff Pehrson and John Walston of TRI Commercial represented SMA America.

About Don Little Group
Don Little Group specializes in real estate investment, advisory services and development and has been retained by Opus Properties LLC to service its Northern California portfolio, which includes Opus Center Sierra Point in Brisbane, Calif. (450,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space); Opus Logistics Center in Stockton, Calif. (8.2 million sq. ft. industrial distribution center under development); Gateway Corporate Center in Sacramento, Calif. (240,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space); Opus Corporate Center in Roseville, Calif. (120,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space); and Rocklin Corporate Center in Rocklin, Calif. (218,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space).