24 March 2010


CIGS PV maker MiaSolé installs 200kW at Chevron test facility

MiaSolé of Santa Clara, CA, USA, which was founded in 2001 to make copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic modules, has installed modules providing 200kW of power at Project Brightfield, a 740KW solar energy demonstration facility owned by Chevron Corp at their former refinery site near Bakersfield, CA. The project marks MiaSolé’s first commercial project in California.

Brightfield brings together seven emerging solar photovoltaic firms for the testing and evaluation of 7700 solar panels, making it one of the most comprehensive sites in the USA. The site will measure the energy produced by each solar technology and monitor how weather elements (such as temperature, rain, wind and humidity) affect the panels’ performance.

“Solar energy is one of the most cost-effective, efficient sources of energy on earth and we are pleased to be a part of a project that shows not only the power of solar energy, but also how efficient and reliable MiaSolé's CIGS thin-film solar technology is,” says the firm’s CEO Dr Joe Laia.

MiaSolé says that its CIGS thin-film photovoltaic solar panels convert 10.5% of sunlight into electricity (among the highest efficiencies for thin-film solar technology in the world, it is claimed). Products are designed specifically for large-scale rooftop and ground-mount installations for utilities, independent power providers, and industrial scale deployments.

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