In a breakthrough achievement in flexible solar photovoltaics technology, SoloPower has received Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification for its light-weight flexible CIGS modules, a first-ever accomplishment in the thin-film industry. This is the first UL-certified product in a range of high-power flexible modules being introduced initially to the European and North American markets.
The UL certification was granted following rigorous testing at an independent laboratory where the flexible thin-film modules were tested to UL 1703, the standard for safety for PV module manufacturing. SoloPower also claims to have conducted extensive internal testing exceeding the safety, quality, and reliability standards established by these tests.
“As governor, I have made it a point to make California an environmental leader with a global footprint. SoloPower’s advancement demonstrates that California is leading the way in technology innovation for the green economy,” said governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “We welcome this type of innovation that creates jobs, strengthens the economy, and helps protect the environment.”
“The certification of SoloPower’s flexible CIGS module is an important step toward the realization of lightweight, high-power, flexible solar modules with potential to expand the roof-top solar market and reduce balance of system costs. It is an important milestone for the industry. I feel very gratified to see, after a 30-year career in Thin Film CIGS PV at NREL, the technology become mature,” said Dr. Rommel Noufi, principal scientist of the NREL.
SoloPower’s range of flexible photovoltaic module products include the SFX1 module (80Wp, 0.3m x 2.9m, 2.3kg/5lbs.), the SFX2 module (170Wp, 0.3m x 5.8m, 3.6kg/8 lbs.), and the SFX3 module (260Wp, 0.9m x 2.9m, 6kg/13lbs.).