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12 November 2008


Ascent and TurtleEnergy cooperate on building-integrated PV roofing materials

Ascent Solar Technologies Inc of Littleton, CO, USA, a developer of flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), has signed a definitive cooperation agreement with systems engineering firm TurtleEnergy LLC of Linden, NJ focusing on the development of new building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing materials for the US market.

Ascent Solar initially intends to supply TurtleEnergy from its existing 1.5MW CIGS solar module production line during 2009 for TurtleEnergy to develop, test and certify integrated BIPV products. Ascent Solar then intends to increase deliveries of solar modules to TurtleEnergy after its planned expansion of production capacity. Subsequent demonstration-scale projects are envisioned to validate the system-level performance and to develop market demand for the BIPV roofing products.

“Ascent Solar’s flexible, lightweight PV modules work well with our solar electric business plans and strategies, continuing our culture of new innovations rooted in an 85 year legacy,” says TurtleEnergy founder John Milard.

“Ascent Solar is pleased to be working with experienced systems integrators/innovators like TurtleEnergy,” adds Joseph McCabe, Ascent’s VP of business development. “TurtleEnergy will be an attractive business partner for photovoltaic product development, with BIPV installation experience in locations that have attractive incentives.”

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