South Carolina school district adds 515-kW system, featuring Mission Solar modules

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The Edgefield County School District in South Carolina is now the proud owner of a 515-kW solar farm that sits on the campus of Parker Elementary in Edgefield, South Carolina. The school’s solar farm is the first large-scale solar installation in the county, which in addition to earning the school district approximately $165,000 each year from the sale of its electricity to the utility company, according to Edgefield School District, was able to be constructed at no upfront cost.

Designed, installed and commissioned by Southern View Energy, the project features 1,610 of Mission Solar Energy’s high-powered solar panels which are spread over three acres of land at the school’s campus. The Edgefield County solar array is capable of generating 736 kW of annual electricity, enough to power an average of 190 homes each year.

South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) is purchasing 100% of the generated electricity through a 10-year agreement. In addition to producing energy, the project will also help educate both students and the public about solar power through use of its web-based, real-time system monitoring that hosts a display of the system’s ongoing production.

“Seeing the interest in solar technology and the commitment Parker Elementary has demonstrated in educating its students on renewable energy is commendable. We couldn’t be happier to see our solar modules featured in this project. Our team finds great value in educating America’s next generation of solar leaders,” said Sam Martens, Mission Solar Energy’s commercial operations director.

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The Parker Elementary School Solar Farm stands out from other projects that are marketed as community solar farms since the entire project is owned by the school district. According to Edgefield School District, as a result of this direct ownership, all of the county’s citizens receive the economic benefits of his or her indirect “share” of the project – a practically “net-zero” energy budget for this large elementary school, and a cleaner environment.

“Southern View Energy’s work as both the design/build firm and project funding coordinator for the Parker Elementary School Solar Farm underscores our commitment to helping entities like Edgefield School District make larger-scale, financially stable renewable energy projects a reality at a truly local level,” said Scott Earp, president of Southern View Energy.

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Solar installed to power these homes for homeless women veterans in New York

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Cindy Seymour, President of Serenity for Women, believes the following three words should never be linked together – homeless, women and veteran — but unfortunately women veterans are nearly three times more likely to be homeless as non-veteran women. To combat this issue, Seymour sought out partnerships and property to create long-term, sustainable homes for these women in the Syracuse, New York community. Thanks to a collaboration with Mission Solar Energy LLC  and Nickels Energy Solutions, this plan is taking shape.

Serenity for Women has led the construction of two new tiny homes that will be turn-key for the participants. Located in Syracuse, NY, these 12’ X 16’ tiny homes will provide residents with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. Not only will each tiny home be fully furnished and functional when women arrive, but will also feature a solar system.

“Including a solar system seemed to be the logical way to go when considering sustainable solutions for these homes,” said Seymour.

Nickels Energy Solutions, a Syracuse-based solar installer, generously provided the design and installation labor for no cost to the nonprofit organization. Additional funds were raised locally to pay for the materials needed to install the solar panels.

“When I first heard of Serenity for Women’s plan to address homelessness in our community, I immediately thought that solar panels should be included in the design plans and fundraising efforts. Cindy Seymour at Serenity for Women was on board with the idea right away, but she was very clear from the beginning that we had to use USA-made products. We install Mission Solar Energy’s PERC 60 solar panel on a regular basis already, so we were confident in suggesting Mission Solar panels for the Tiny Homes”, said Kevin Nickels, Vice President of Nickels Energy Solutions.

Mission Solar Energy was pleased to supply their Texas-built solar panels to this endeavor.

“Joining forces with Nickels Energy Solutions to supply our solar modules for this project seemed to be a natural fit. We are proud to design, engineer and assemble our products in the U.S. and are honored to support America’s heroes”, said Sam Martens, Commercial Operations Director of Mission Solar Energy.

These tiny homes are hoped to be the first of many. Plans to partner with Serenity for Women for future tiny homes benefitting homeless veterans are being explored.

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Mission Solar to start supplying PV modules to PetersenDean Roofing & Solar

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Mission Solar Energy, U.S. manufacturer of high-power solar modules, and PetersenDean Roofing & Solar, the nation’s largest privately held solar and roofing company, have joined forces. Together, the companies will offer homeowners an affordable path to solar ownership using American-built materials installed by U.S. workers. Mission Solar Energy will supply high-performance solar panels assembled at the company’s headquarters factory in San Antonio, Texas, for PetersenDean residential installations.

This alliance helps meet two important goals for PetersenDean, which installs about 2,000 solar and roof systems each month nationally: Providing PetersenDean customers with intelligently managed energy storage, and using roofing materials manufactured in the U.S.

“We made a decision at PetersenDean to source as many of our products as possible from North America,” said Jim Petersen, president and CEO of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar. “As a result, we are supporting the American economy, supporting the American worker and reinvesting those dollars back in America. It’s that simple. I want to make sure that our products stand the test of time and that our customers are happy. That’s why we choose to utilize Mission Solar Energy products. We can help customers lower their electric bills, help the environment and help the economy.”

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Mission Solar Energy will supply PetersenDean with their high-power MSE PERC 60 modules that feature a 60-cell design and sleek, all-black aesthetics. This product has been a customer favorite since hitting the market early this year, selling in all four corners of the country. Mission Solar Energy expects to supply between 2 and 4MW of modules to PetersenDean each month, from their state-of-the-art 250MW capacity facility in Texas.


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Details on new AC, heterojunction solar modules from Mission Solar

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Mission Solar Energy, a U.S. manufacturer of high-power solar modules, is displaying three new products at the annual Solar Power International Conference and Exhibition (Booth #3975) that incorporate heterojunction and AC technologies. As there are growing demands for higher panel power, increased lifetimes, and more stringent fire ratings, Mission Solar Energy is remaining competitive by showcasing new technologies.

“Our line of AC and heterojunction modules feature the very best of solar technology. We are gauging customer interest in these products, and based on market response, mass-production could begin as early as Q1 2018,” said Jae Yang, President of Mission Solar Energy.

Mission Solar Energy’s AC and heterojunction modules:

MSE HJT 72 Elite: This is a high-power module featuring Heterojunction technology which produces 460W of power with bifacial boost. The Elite consists of strong dual glass construction, not only durable but also aesthetically pleasing. This module has the ability to withstand high wind load, has a Class A fire rating, and a low thermal co-efficient.

MSE HJT 72: Much like the HJT 72 Elite, this module offers advanced heterojunction cell technology and an industry-leading front side power output of 400W. Conventional frame construction makes for a streamlined installation with current standard racking.

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MSE PERC 60 AC: This module has an integrated micro inverter, which shortens installation time, simplifies inventory management, and maximizes system production in shady conditions. Panel-level performance monitoring is another key advantage of the PERC AC. This module is tested and certified against a >210mph wind load, making it ideal for all locations.

Other modules that will be on display include the MSE PERC 60, MSE MONO 60, MSE MONO 72, and MSE MULTI 72, which are currently part of MSE’s product offerings. All Mission Solar modules are designed, engineered, and assembled at our 200MW facility in San Antonio, Texas.

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Mission Solar Energy adds four new PV module lines to product offering

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Seen at Solar Power International this year: Mission Solar Energy, a San Antonio-based manufacturer of utility-scale, commercial and residential high-efficiency solar modules, added four new module lines to its product offering. The Apollo, Mercury, Gemini and Gemini Elite modules utilize advanced technology to provide best-in-class efficiency, reliability, power and aesthetics.


The Apollo is a 72-cell module capable of producing 360 W of power. The module utilizes Passive Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology and four busbars to drive module-level efficiency greater than 18 percent. The Apollo allows users to reduce system costs through robust design, 1,500-volt compatibility and simple installation.


The Mercury is Mission Solar Energy’s first product designed specifically for the rooftop market. The Mercury is a 60-cell module capable of producing 300 W of power. The module also utilizes PERC technology and 4 busbars to produce module-level efficiency over 18 percent. In addition, the module’s sleek, aesthetically pleasing black-on-black design makes it ideal for commercial and residential rooftop installations.

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The Gemini bifacial module features 72 N-type monocrystalline cells capable of producing 330 W of power from the front side and additional power off the backside for up to 400 W of total power. Use of N-type cell technology makes this module ideal for use in harsh climates including snow and desert conditions. The N-type cells are not subject to light induced degradation (LID), allowing the modules to harvest maximum energy.

Gemini Elite

The Gemini Elite is a 72-cell, dual-glass bifacial module that produces up to 330 W of power plus additional power off the back side for a potential 400 W of power. This module features excellent durability, no potential induced degradation (PID) and a Class A fire rating. The Gemini Elite’s attractive, frameless design is ideal for carports, breezeways and built-in locations. Like the Gemini, the Gemini Elite is not subject to LID and operates well in low light and/or harsh conditions.

“Our solar cells and modules feature American quality, high power output and high efficiency, said Alex Kim, CEO of Mission Solar Energy. “Our new line of modules feature some of the very best in solar technology and are an indication of where we are headed as a company.”

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