This Swedish PV production equipment provider is expanding into direct sales of solar roofs

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Swedish solar energy technology leader Midsummer launched a new energy producing metal sheet roof “Midsummer solar roofs”. This signals a broader effort to expand from mainly selling production equipment for thin film solar panels into the end market for solar panels for various roofs, facades, vehicles etc through in-house production and via contract manufacturers.

To meet increasing demand from mainly the U.S. market, Midsummer is rapidly expanding its production capacity of DUO machines, its innovative and unique manufacturing tool for thin film flexible CIGS solar cells.

The company has decided to also directly address the end market, both B2B and B2C, for solar panels suitable for different types of roofs, facades, vehicles, landfills etc in urban areas. To support this expansion, Midsummer is looking into issuing Green Bonds of up to $USD 53.4 million

The company’s new business model would include in-house production of solar panels for the end market and the establishment of a network of contract manufacturers in addition to its present production of manufacturing equipment.

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A first step in Midsummer’s new strategy and product offering is ”Midsummer solar roofs”, a standing seam metal roof that is integrated with Midsummer’s thin film solar panels and with a high energy efficiency. The roofs are delivered pre-installed with solar panels and the installation is as simple as for any standing seam metal roof without solar cells. In order to further simplify for the customers, Midsummer offers installation with turnkey contracts.

Besides building integrated solar roofs, Midsummer’s panels are suitable for a range of other roofs – corrugated roofs, membrane roofs, shingles etc – and also facades, vehicles, landfills, tents etc. Midsummer’s light, thin and flexible solar panels can be walked upon like any other metal roof and the weight does not differ significantly from a standard metal roof, nor does the appearance or the price.
Midsummer solar roofs have an expected lifetime of 25 years with a guarantee of 15 years for the roof, a five-year warranty for the solar panels and a guarantee that the roof delivers 90 percent of the installed peak power after ten years and 80 percent of the installed peak power after 25 years.

What’s new

The new model solar cell roof is narrower than the previous one, which makes the roof more aesthetically pleasing and also increases the installed power per square meter. Midsummer solar roofs also offer the option to connect the solar panels with each other for longer roofs, which means that Midsummer can supply its metal roof with integrated solar panels in lengths up to 12 meters.

“In recent years, solar energy and the installation of solar panels has grown rapidly across the world,” said Sven Lindström. CEO. Midsummer. “In order for this development to continue and for even more customers to be attracted by it, products with stylish design are required. We take the next step in this development with our refined metal roof Midsummer solar roofs. With the solar panels pre-integrated into the roof, this product is a no-brainer for both new buildings and for many older buildings.”

Midsummer’s DUO system has taken the position as the most widespread manufacturing tool for thin film flexible CIGS solar cells in the world. Midsummer is today the world leader in the production of light, flexible, robust solar panels with high energy efficiency.

The company’s new business model would include in-house production of solar panels for the end market and the establishment of a network of contract manufacturers in addition to its present production of manufacturing equipment.

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SunPower tops U.S. PV Leaderboard for commercial solar solutions

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While solar adoption in the U.S. ticks upward according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, SunPower continues to capture a large share of the distributed generation solar market. In Wood Mackenzie’s latest U.S. PV Leaderboard report made available this month, SunPower remained the No. 1 provider of commercial solar solutions for a second year running. In addition, the company remained among the top residential solar panel manufacturers for the second consecutive year.

Commercial Solar Business

An innovator in the space, SunPower is focused on being the top distributed energy company in North America. SunPower focuses on integrating its high performance solar systems with storage and intelligent software to deliver maximum value to customers, including demand charge savings, monitoring, data analytics and optimization, energy management and over time wholesale grid services.

As a result, SunPower has a commercial solar installed base of 1.6 GW across its unique go-to-market platform of direct and indirect channels, with a number of Fortune 500 customers. Eight of the top 10 corporate solar buyers in America identified by the Solar Energy Industries Association are SunPower customers – including Ikea, Macy’s, and Target – contributing to SunPower’s position as the market share leader. To date, the company has installed 9 megawatt hours of storage at over 20 customer sites.

Residential Solar Business

Last year, SunPower’s U.S. residential business saw annual deployment growth of more than 15 percent bringing the total number of American homes with SunPower solar to over 236,000. The company expanded its position in the new homes channel, partnering with 18 of the top 20 California new-home builders; and earlier this month, launched its A-Series panel to deliver up to 415 watts for U.S. homeowners.

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Trina Solar steps up mass-production of new 415-Watt solar PV module series

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Trina Solar announced four new series of modules, to meet the diversified needs of PV applications in multiple scenarios that have a max output of 415 W. An increase in the output of modules from 370 W to 415 W will help reduce the balance of system (BOS) cost by 4.5% to 8.5%, and reduce levelized cost of electricity (LCoE) by 2.5% to 4.6%.

The four new series of modules include Honey, TALLMAX in high efficiency series, DUOMAX in dual-glass series, DUOMAX Twin in double-side series, and Honey black M in aesthetics series. The dual-glass series features high reliability in extreme conditions, 5-year extended warranty for linear power, and more power generation with lower power degradation. The double-side series provides extra 5% to 30% power generation by its back side, features high power generation in snowfields and locations where sand is plentiful, among other high-reflection environments. The aesthetics series is designed specially for the high-end residential market with its aesthetically-designed black-out look.

The new modules deliver a unique integration of MBB, double-glass, dual-side and half-cut technologies. The majority of firms that seek to enhance their presence in the MBB segment are frequently stymied by the lack of skill sets and equipment as well as patents for their technologies. Trina Solar, on the other hand, has developed state-of-the-art MBB processes that have been applied in the mass production of modules since August 2017. The company has to date been granted 24 patents for MBB-related technologies, it also has China’s first generation innovative MBB cell series welding equipment and new round solder strips. With deep experience in the application of the double-glass technology, Trina Solar, one of the first companies to facilitate the production of double-glass modules around the world, has 28 patents for technology in this field. It is also the first firm in China to receive certification for its double-glass technology from TUV and to commence mass production. Trina Solar has shipped nearly 3 GW of double-glass modules worldwide, leading its domestic peers.

The rollout of the four new series of high-output modules will help Trina Solar consolidate its leadership and embrace a new era of mass-produced high-output modules.


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REC N-Peak Black series combines n-type mono half-cut cells with a twin-panel design

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REC Group, the largest European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, has begun production of its new N-Peak Black Series (325 watt peak). Production is at REC’s advanced vertically integrated manufacturing facility in Singapore, and the first N-Peak Black panels are due for shipments in April. This is the fourth REC innovation to roll off production lines since August 2018 .

“Panel aesthetics matter more than ever. With solar uptake on the rise everywhere, more and more of our commercial and residential clients are looking for solar installations that look as great as they perform,” says Cemil Seber, Vice President Global Marketing and Product Management at REC Group. “The new premium full black version of our N-Peak Series delivers on this requirement. It offers first-class power efficiency – and looks simply fantastic.”

The entire REC N-Peak Series takes REC’s TwinPeak technology into a totally new generation and is the world’s first solar panel to combine n-type mono half-cut cells with a twin-panel design. The full black version delivers high power output of up to 325 watt peak and is ideal for customers with limited roof space or partial shading. Its super-strong frame carries loads of up to 7,000 Pa. Thanks to REC’s frame design, the panel offers highly flexible installation options.

With REC Group’s power and product warranties, customers can enjoy the power and aesthetics of their N-Peak Black Series for longer. The new panel comes with REC’s 20-year product warranty, and with an extra five years for installations carried out by REC-certified Solar Professionals. REC also guarantees a final warranted power output of at least 86% after 25 years of operation.

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Panasonic’s HIT AC module featuring Enphase microinverters shipping soon

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The new Panasonic AC Series Photovoltaic (PV) HIT N330E AC Module with integrated Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter will be available for solar installation companies in late March.

“In today’s market, solar installers look to offer homeowners high powered and efficient modules that maximize output on roofs of every shape and size,” said Mukesh Sethi, General Manager, Solar, and Energy Storage Division, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “Our AC module partnership with Enphase Energy allows us to combine our award-winning, high-efficiency PV modules with the highly reliable seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters. We are certain that together we will achieve tremendous efficiencies and add value to the residential solar industry, for both solar installers and solar homeowners.”

What’s cool about it

Panasonic’s N330E HIT AC Series Modules combines the efficiency of HIT solar panels with the intelligence of Enphase microinverters. One of the most efficient panels on the market, the N330E HIT AC series features high power outputs and greater energy yields due to their industry-leading temperature coefficient of -0.258%/⁰C.

The N330E features an integrated seventh-generation Enphase IQ 7X microinverter. Panasonic HIT® N330E AC Series Modules are guaranteed to keep at least 90.76% of their initial power output, driving value and peace of mind for customers who benefit from the 25-year Panasonic TripleGuard warranty on panels and the Enphase Energy Limited Warranty on the microinverter.

Panasonic AC Series HIT N330E Modules based on Enphase IQ microinverters meet or exceed regulatory requirements set by the National Electrical Code (NEC) and individual states and are certified compliant with NEC 2014 and 2017 rapid shutdown requirements.

“The IQ 7X™ micros and Panasonic HIT modules are already our flagship combination, and the Panasonic N330E AC modules will now significantly reduce our install times and provide savings on logistics and overhead costs in the warehouse,” said Arno Aghamalian, CEO, Solar Optimum Inc.


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