Solaria sues Korean solar module manufacturer for breach of license agreement

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Solaria Corp., a global provider of solar module technologies, filed suit against Genesem, Inc., a Korean equipment manufacturer licensed by Solaria, on March 1, 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The lawsuit seeks damages and injunctive relief for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, unjust enrichment, constructive trust and unfair competition. Among other things, Solaria seeks transfer of the patents obtained by Genesem and the technology derived from the government grant to Solaria.

“Genesem violated our license agreement by using our proprietary technology without our knowledge or permission,” said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “We intend to have the patents wrongfully obtained by Genesem, as well as any technology or other benefits derived from the government grant, assigned to Solaria as required under our license agreement. We don’t take the misuse of our technology lightly and we aggressively protect our intellectual property from misuse or misappropriation.”

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Soligent to start distributing Solaria’s PowerXT 350 Wp residential solar modules

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Soligent Distribution will begin introducing Solaria’s PowerXT 350Wp modules, optimized for residential deployment, to its network of 5,000 solar installers in the U.S. and across 45 countries.

Invaleon Solar Technologies, a Soligent Dealer who has installed over 25 MW of solar projects in Massachusetts in the last year alone, will be the first to install the new Solaria 350W modules after several successful installs with Solaria 325W and 330W modules.

“Our customer demand for premium high density panels has been growing and options have been limited,” said Sven Amirian, VP of Sales at Invaleon Solar. “Before Solaria, Invaleon used other manufacturers’ modules, but they were less desirable black on white modules, and generally more expensive than Solaria’s. The 25-year product warranty gives our customers peace of mind; while the true, all black module provides an elegant appearance without sacrificing production or performance. For Invaleon, Solaria 350 modules continue to present new possibilities for our business, extending Invaleon’s product offering and shortening the customer payback time and increasing profitability.”

How one PV module manufacturer wants to meet the needs of homeowners

Solaria PowerXT 350W modules build on the success of the Solaria PowerXT 325W and 330W which have been in high demand among Soligent installers. For Peggy Matson, owner of Auburn Solar, a certified Gold Soligent Elite Dealer operating Northeast of Sacramento, looks matter.

“Most of our customers want something on their roof that looks really sharp,” she said. “Solaria is great looking, highly efficient, and priced right so we can offer very competitive deals to our customers – often beating our competitors by thousands of dollars.”

“Solaria’s PowerXT 350W panels ensure labor savings on racking and system components over other lower wattage modules,” says Jonathan Doochin, CEO of Soligent. “Soligent, through our partnerships, is providing U.S. distributors, installers and customers with the most efficient, aesthetic and cost-effective solar products on the market today.”

Solaria’s high output PowerXT 350 modules –60 cell equivalent, with a black back sheet– are built on the company’s proprietary technology, which utilizes advanced cell interconnect and module production processes. Through these patented technology / techniques, Solaria has created a new standard in PV module efficiency and reduction in system costs. PowerXT significantly boosts power generation while eliminating reliability challenges that can reduce conventional PV modules’ long-term performance. This ensures that solar installers maximize power deployment on customer roofs – enabling them to install attractive, cost-effective distributed power plants that accelerate payback period and profitability.

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Mosaic adds Solaria PowerXT modules to financing platform

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The availability of Solaria’s PowerXT modules keeps growing. Mosaic, one of the top providers of solar loan financing for homeowners, has added them to its solar financing platform.

Solaria modules’ inclusion in Mosaic’s solar financing platform shows that the PowerXT module is among solar’s bankable products. “This new relationship is going to empower additional homeowners to transform their properties into on-site power plants,” says Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “This new agreement pairs two leading innovators in the solar industry. Combining Mosaic’s financing expertise with Solaria’s exceedingly efficient modules provides the absolute best value for homeowners keen to deploy solar energy.”

On the Solaria technology

Solaria says its module efficiency results in significant reductions in system costs — the high energy yield module accelerates the payback period. The all-black look is also aesthetically pleasing. The company’s high output PowerXT modules — 60 cell equivalent, with a black back sheet— are built on the company’s patented technology and module assembly processes. Read more about the technology and the company’s plans here:

How one PV module manufacturer wants to meet the needs of homeowners

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Solaria BIPV products now available for architects through Linel

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Solaria Corporation continues to make progress in developing the building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) market, signing a deal with Linel, a fabricator of customized architectural glass and metal products, for architects to access Linel, powered-by-Solaria.

For decades, Linel has taken projects from design to installation as a full life-cycle subcontractor whose materials and suppliers are directly influenced by the needs of project architects. Linel now offers BIPV sloped glazing systems to answer a growing demand for architectural solar solutions from building developers and designers producing leading edge plans for new projects.

“We’re always looking for new ways to add value to our sloped glazing projects, and Solaria’s PowerView™ BIPV is a product that offers impressive solar performance without compromising aesthetic quality,” said Brian Murphy, Product Design Engineer, Linel. “The economic benefit is clear, the contribution toward sustainability is real, and the design is flexible. We believe the industry is poised to embrace BIPV sloped glazing in a major way, and this partnership has Linel and Solaria ready to provide an industry-leading system.”

Solaria BIPV technology now available through CleanFund Commercial PACE financing

By offering architectural solar solutions powered-by-Solaria, Linel can address the architectural community’s increasing demand for solar skylights, atriums, clerestories, sunshades, patios and canopies. Now, in addition to typical rooftop photovoltaic systems and louver photovoltaic systems, Linel will capitalize on the opportunity to establish the company as a recognized market leader as architectural solar grows to significant volume.

“Solaria has been cultivating the architectural solar market as its momentum grows into true industry-wide adoption. After establishing a number of significant partnerships in the vertical façade of medium to large projects, Solaria is proud of this strategic expansion into sloped glazing applications,” said Udi Paret, GM Building Solutions, Solaria Corporation. “Solaria is excited to be the premier provider of architectural solar solutions to Linel and differentiate them as a leading providing of solar skylights and solar sloped glazing solutions.”

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Commercial building PV transformation? Here are two new solar glass solutions getting buzz

Endorsed by leading glass and fabrication companies including Pilkington, AGC, and Walters & Wolf, Solaria is ready to roll out its PowerVision product, which could transform building facades, skylights, canopies and other structural components into power-generating assets. At the same time, SolarWindow Technologies, developer of electricity-generating windows for tall towers and skyscrapers, has entered into an agreement for the fabrication of SolarWindow products with suburban Los Angeles-based Triview Glass Industries, LLC.

Inside PowerVision

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Deployment of Solaria’s patented technology —which leverages the reliability and efficiency of crystalline silicon technology— enables structures to generate electricity cleanly and reliably.

“By reimagining commercial and residential building structures, Solaria has devised its PowerVision glass in inventive new ways so that nearly every aspect of a building envelope —beyond the rooftop— can generate electricity,” said Nick Bagatelos, President of Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems, Inc. “PowerVision builds on the success of PowerXT to enable building owners and developers to turn skylights, windows and building facades into electricity-generating assets. Seamlessly integrated and easily installed into building designs, Solaria’s patented PowerVision transforms buildings into on-site clean power plants.”

“There’s increased demand to evolve building designs to incorporate more solar solutions, and construct, when possible, high performance, Net Zero Energy structures,” noted Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “Buildings currently account for forty percent of the world’s energy use — to power light, heat, cool buildings. Now architects, developers and builders can deploy solar everywhere – in skylights, windows and building facades, as well as on rooftops.”

Solaria’s unique solar cell process technology has allowed the company to develop an architecturally beautiful vision glass that can be used in locations not typically associated with solar panels; these include skylights, patios, and window openings, providing a see-through surface that generates electricity. Building owners and occupants accrue many benefits – as solar-outfitted windows mitigate the sunlight’s effect on a building. When combined with high-efficiency solar PV modules, together they offer a seamless strategy to unlock the full power potential of buildings with technologies that boost energy generation, providing high yield at a low cost.

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Extensively tested and demonstrated at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s FLEXLAB, Solaria PowerVision has proven to deliver a unique combination of high performance and high power density with optimized thermal performance, effective daylighting, and glare control.

Details on SolarWindow

The prospect of generating electricity on commercial buildings, which consume nearly 40% of all electricity generated in the US, is made possible when transparent SolarWindow electricity-generating liquid coatings are applied to glass surfaces.

As the company’s select regional fabricator in North America, Triview Glass will work to fabricate specific SolarWindow electricity-generating glass products at commercial scale by integrating SolarWindow technologies into its manufacturing processes.

Commercial buildings are ideal customers for electricity-generating windows, which could reduce electricity demand by 30%-50% and provide a one-year financial payback, according to independently-validated engineering modeling for a 50-story building.

Recently, the company achieved an important fabrication step leading to today’s announcement. SolarWindow electricity-generating coatings were successfully processed through the rigorous autoclave system for window glass lamination at Triview.

Layered with SolarWindow coatings, glass modules were subjected to the extremely high heat and pressure of autoclave equipment located at Triview. Despite the harsh conditions, subsequent performance testing confirmed that SolarWindow modules continued to produce electricity, paving the way for today’s announcement and eventual deployment of the company’s electricity-generating glass products.

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