Module manufacturer REC Solar is increasing its capabilities in the rooftop commercial market with two new partnerships.
The company is to start formal cooperation with Swiss mounting manufactuer Sika AG and German system designer Centroplan GmbH.
The pair will enable REC to offer a lightweight mounting system for flat roofs that does not need to breach the roof. REC said in February that it would focus on the commercial space and now appears to be delivering on that.
“By cooperating with companies who have the expertise in roofing construction specifically for solar panel installation, we at REC can offer our customers the certainty that the solar panels and roof mountings will be a perfect fit. This translates to long-term peace of mind for customers,” said Luc Graré, senior vice president sales and marketing, REC.
“Any steps to strengthen a module supplier’s channel access in the rooftop segment is a good move,” said Ash Sharma, senior director of solar research at IHS. “This is particularly true in Europe where maturing PV markets’ policy is shifting even further to support rooftop installations. The UK is a good example of this.
“Longer term as we see distributed PV gaining a greater dominance of the PV industry I would expect to see similar agreements to be announced. This approach echoes the downstream vertical integration approach we saw module suppliers take a few years ago to target the ground-mount sector,” added Sharma.
The Italian market is also realigning for the commercial market with recent installations proving cost competitive with market rates for electricity.