5 February 2010


Umwelt-Sonne-Energie completes 1.9MWp Solyndra CIGS PV project in Belgium

Last week, 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, said that its authorized reseller and solar integrator Umwelt-Sonne-Energie GmbH (USE Projects) of Holzgerlingen, near Stuttgart, Germany had completed the largest collective Solyndra project to date, consisting of 1928kWp of generation capability installed on 10 rooftop sites in Belgium owned by a large international food retailer. This follows Solyndra signing a long-term sales contract with USE last July.

The power generated by the systems will be sold to local utilities under an agreement with the building owners. “This is a great example of how Solyndra’s PV systems can take advantage of underutilized commercial rooftop space to generate significant power,” says Solyndra’s CEO & founder Chris Gronet. “The project also offers a good model for how distributed power generation can work in an urban setting,” he adds. “USE Projects designed and delivered a PV system that we believe can enable the highest energy production per roof over the system lifetime while taking advantage of Solyndra’s low overall installation costs.”

Solyndra’s cylindrical, thin-film PV systems are designed to generate more electricity from typical low-slope commercial rooftops while providing significantly lower installation costs than conventional flat-plate PV technologies. The Belgian project involved installations on ten sites in ten cities, and was completed in just two months.

“Solyndra was the best solution for this challenging project given the number of sites, different roof orientations and desire for highest possible energy yield per roof,” says USE Projects’ CEO Arnold Berens. “Our trained technical staff found the systems easy to install,” adding that the project helps the rooftop host to meet corporate citizenship goals while generating significant clean power.

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