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24 September 2008


SolFocus first CPV systems maker to get CEC approval  

SolFocus of Mountain View, CA, USA says that its SF-1000P concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) panels have been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to be placed on the Eligible California Solar Initiative (CSI) Photovoltaic Modules Renewables Equipment List. The listing assures customers that the solar equipment has been tested for safety and performance and meets the requirements of the CEC and California Public Utility (CPUC), says SolFocus.  

CEC listing is required for residential, commercial, and large-scale utility buyers to qualify for rebates against the cost of installing new solar equipment as part of the CPUC’s CSI incentive program and CEC’s Solar Homes Partnership. Only equipment listed by the CEC is eligible. SolFocus adds that it is the first CPV systems manufacturer to be CEC listed.

“Not only is this an important achievement for SolFocus as we have reached the phase of commercialization of our CPV systems,” said SolFocus president Mark Crowley, “but the thumbs up from the CEC is another proof point that CPV technology is a serious, scalable source of clean, renewable electricity.”

SolFocus’ CPV technology uses reflective optics to magnify sunlight 500 times onto small, highly efficient (approaching 40%), III-V-based solar cells. The systems use 1/1000th of the active, expensive solar cell material compared to traditional photovoltaic panels.

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