Solaria Corp. expands U.S production of PowerXT modules

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Solaria Corp. says it has greatly expanded its PowerXT solar cell and module manufacturing line at its headquarters in Fremont, Calif.  By the end of 2017, Solaria will have increased its U.S. manufacturing capacity of PowerXT solar cells and modules to more than 40 megawatts per year.

“We’ve ramped up our U.S.-based manufacturing of Solaria’s new aesthetic, high efficiency PowerXT modules to meet the rapidly growing demand from discerning customers who appreciate the PowerXT’s advanced engineering, design and exceptional value proposition,” said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “We’re proud to be accelerating production of this advanced technology developed in Silicon Valley through new investments in plant equipment, technology and staffing.”

 

Delivering top-level efficiency and aesthetics, PowerXT offers a compelling technology value proposition: 20 percent more energy yield. Solaria PowerXT’s advanced cell and module production process significantly boosts power generation while eliminating reliability challenges that can reduce conventional PV modules’ long-term performance. Solaria PowerXT modules accelerate the payback period and increases installers’ profits – making solar energy an attractive investment from both an aesthetic and performance perspective.

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Cornell Tech’s new campus installs Solaria PowerXT PV modules

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Solaria Corp. provided 2,300 PowerXT and customized PowerView modules to buildings on Cornell Tech’s innovative new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Combined, the Bloomberg Center – designed by mOrphosis Architects – and the Bridge building – designed by WEISS/ MANFREDI/ Architecture/ Urbanism/ Landscape – uses 47,000 sq ft of Solaria PV panels, the equivalent of a 900-kW system, part of a strategy to generate all of the power needed for the Bloomberg Center on campus.

The Bloomberg Center is the first academic building on the Roosevelt Island campus and is scheduled to open in September. It plans to achieve NZE by employing multiple strategies including solar power, geothermal ground source heat pumps, an energy-efficient façade balancing the ratio between transparency and opaqueness to maximize building insulation and decrease energy demand, and smart building features monitoring lighting. This strategy prioritizes reduction in energy demand through load reductions as well as maximizing passive and energy efficient design, and using renewable energy to power the building systems.

Why high-efficiency modules are the best value for installers, homeowners

Solaria’s rooftop solar solutions provide high-performance solar panels that produce up to 20 percent more energy than conventional modules. These high-density solar panels are optimized for rooftop applications and leverage a highly refined manufacturing process which results in a significantly higher energy yield than typical PV modules. It not only delivers high power but also improved shading tolerance, premium appearance and durability. Solaria’s architectural glass solutions that deliver the unique combination of high performance and high power density. This enables the optimization of thermal performance, effective daylighting, glare control and power generation. Solaria’s solar windows are easily customizable and offer design flexibility to adjust for a wide variety of sizes, glass type dimensions, coatings, Vt, and voltage.

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Solaria BIPV technology now available through CleanFund Commercial PACE financing

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Builiding Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) just got a little more affordable. CleanFund Commercial PACE Capital, formed a financing partnership with Solaria Corp. to offer long-term financing for its building skin technology. By providing commercial building owners access to Solaria’s customizable product line, along with the benefits and flexibility of C-PACE financing, this SolarPACE collaboration maximizes the availability of long-term incentives to developers who implement architectural solar  into commercial projects.

SolarPACE explained

SolarPACE is designed to maximize cash flow, with terms up to 30 years. It can solve most credit challenges found in commercial solar project financing, since C-PACE is secured by a parcel tax assessment with payments billed through ordinary property taxes. Owners often have the option to pass all or a portion of the C-PACE payments to tenants, who also benefit from lower energy costs. With flexible options to utilize solar tax credits, SolarPACE enables build-ing owners and developers to stay within project budgets and lower overall project costs.

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“Solaria is privileged to partner with the leading provider of a nationwide financing platform that makes building improvements affordable for commercial property owners,” said Udi Paret, GM Building Solutions, Solaria Corporation. “Now we can offer customers a viable option for funding and installing an architectural solar system, especially important for net zero energy projects. This is a significant competitive advantage for our industry partners who offer their own warran-tied ‘powered-by-Solaria’ architectural solar products.”

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Solar’s PowerXT module selected as finalist for Intersolar Innovation award

solariaSolaria Corp. is a global provider of solar module technologies. Its new flagship solar module, Solaria PowerXT, has been getting a lot of buzz and was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 Intersolar Solar Industry Innovation Award.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Intersolar Award honors pioneering products and solutions in the solar industry. It is presented by conference organizers in cooperation with a top-class panel of judges who evaluate products, projects, services and solutions being exhibited at Intersolar in 2017. The winner of this renowned industry award will be selected from the finalists on May 31, 2017 at Intersolar Europe 2017, taking place from May 31-June 2 at Messe München.

Solaria PowerXT was among the impressive innovations submitted in the photovoltaics category in 2017. Solaria PowerXT is a high-performance module delivering 330Wp and a module efficiency of up to 19.3 percent. The module consists of overlaid monocrystalline standard solar cells for a more efficient use of space. The modules are manufactured with black backsheet and frames, giving them a striking appearance.

“Solaria is thrilled to be recognized by Intersolar as a finalist for their Solar Industry Innovation Award,” said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “We take great pride in our development of a game-changing solar module that delivers outstanding efficiency and superior aesthetics – while accelerating system payback period and increasing installers’ profits.”

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Solar module tech company Solaria sues for misappropriation of trade secrets

Solaria Corp., global provider of solar module technologies, filed suit against Jiangsu Sera-phim Solar System Co., Ltd., Seraphim Solar USA Manufacturing Inc., and Suzhou Autoway System Co., Ltd. in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. In the lawsuit, Solaria contends that defendants misappropriated Solaria’s trade secrets regarding its proprietary high-efficiency solar panel technology and used the information to make their own solar modules and manufacturing equipment without Solaria’s knowledge or consent. The complaint also includes claims for conversion, unjust enrichment/restitution, and unfair competition.

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The Solaria PowerXT

“We believe we have strong evidence that Seraphim and Autoway misappropriated Solaria’s pro-prietary technology and manufacturing processes for their own use, in violation of U.S. intellec-tual property laws,” said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “Our investigation is ongoing and we will take all appropriate action, including bringing in additional parties to the lawsuit if warranted, in order to protect our business interests,” Sharma said.

Inside the suit

Solaria has spent over a decade and made significant investments in developing its technology in solar cell cutting, stringing and panel making. Solaria protects its proprietary technology through patents and trade secrets. The present lawsuit alleges misappropriation of key aspects of Solaria’s technology protected by trade secrets. Solaria is investigating whether these companies, and potentially others, are violating its patents as well.

In September 2016, Solaria filed suit against various GCL companies, including GCL-Poly Ener-gy Holdings, Ltd., in California State Court. In that lawsuit, Solaria claims that GCL misappropriated Solaria’s trade secrets and breached a non-disclosure agreement pursuant to which Solaria disclosed its high-efficiency solar module technology to GCL as part of a potential deal between the two companies. Solaria alleges that after GCL abruptly terminated the negotiations with So-laria, it embarked on its own effort to develop high-efficiency solar panels based on Solaria’s technology and disclosed Solaria’s trade secrets to Autoway and potentially others as part of that effort.

Early on in the GCL action, the Court entered a stipulated order requiring GCL Solar Energy, Inc., and its employees (including any former employees now employed by its affiliate, GCL New Energy, Inc.), officers, directors, and any wholly-owned subsidiary companies, not to use for their own purposes, or disclose to third parties, any Confidential Information provided by Solaria to GCL under the non-disclosure agreement. The order also required that these defend-ants return Solaria’s Confidential Information and preserve all information relevant to the action. The lawsuit against GCL is ongoing.

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