4 February 2010


Solyndra signs Allied Building Products as first North America distributor

Solyndra Inc of Fremont, CA, USA, which was founded in 2005 to manufacture copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaic (PV) systems consisting of panels and mounting hardware for commercial rooftops, has signed a distribution agreement with Allied Building Products Corp of East Rutherford, NJ, a national distributor of roofing, solar and other building products and materials and now Solyndra’s first distributor in North America.

“Allied Building Products has broad reach, extensive customer support and strong logistics capabilities in the roofing channel,” comments Solyndra’s CEO & founder Chris Gronet.

“Solyndra’s unique solar panel technology should be considered by all commercial building owners evaluating new low-slope roof installations or reroofing applications,” asserts Allied Building Products’ CEO Bob Feury.

Solyndra’s proprietary cylindrical thin-film solar panels are built from tubes. This ‘self-tracking’ design — with a 360º photovoltaic surface capable of absorbing direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight (from below) — allows the capture of more sunlight from low-slope commercial rooftops than conventional flat-surfaced solar panels, which need costly tilted mounting devices to improve the capture of direct light from the sun, offer poor collection of diffuse light, and fail to collect reflected light. Also, gaps between the tubes and their frame let wind pass through, reducing the need for heavy, roof-penetrating fastenings or anchoring; their lighter weight also allows installation on scantier roofs. Simple horizontal mounting hardware also allows fast and economical installation, claims the firm.

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