SPI 2010: Solyndra launches revised product from experience in field: no tools required

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With more than 500 commercial rooftop installations now claimed for its first rendition of its cylindrical CIGS thin film modules, Solyndra has launched its 200 Series, which is larger and therefore more powerful than its predecessor. The company also claims that new features ensure simpler installation, requiring no tools and simply ‘snap’ together, making them the fastest modules in the world to mount. Series 2000 panels are rated as high as 220Wp.

“The 200 Series is the ideal solar solution for the large commercial rooftop,” stated Brian Harrison, Solyndra’s president and CEO. “For customers, the simple connection system allows the panels and mounts to snap-together easily and significantly reduces balance-of-system costs. Because the 200 Series requires no tools for installation, it is the fastest and easiest-to-install flat rooftop solar system available. The 200 Series also demonstrates the strength of our product roadmap and ability to continue to increase panel power while lowering the cost of electricity and improving the return on investment for our customers.”

The 200 Series is also said to benefit from optimized light collection across the 360-degree photovoltaic module surface, due in part to wider spacing of the tubular positioned modules within each rack. Solyndra described these new modules as having ‘broader shoulders’ or more uniform energy collection throughout the day than traditional flat panels.

The 200 Series is also claimed to use 80% fewer parts per kW than previous systems and the elimination of array grounding also further lowers the balance of system costs.

A ‘Gold Solyndra Solutions Provider’ was said to have installed one of the first of the new 200 Series installations, resulting in 1100 panels (238 kWp installation) placed on a roof in just three days, equivalent to 367 modules per day.

The company will participate at Solar Power International on October 12-14, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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