Solar, Utility Integration

Uni-Solar Unveils Thin Film PV for Flat Roofs

Thin-film PV manufacturer United Solar Systems Corp. and Independent Energy Solutions (IES) have introduced the SolarQuilt, a solar energy product designed for all types of flat and low-slope roofing situations.

Auburn Hills, Michigan – May 20, 2003 [] Featuring the award-winning attributes of Uni-Solars existing solar energy solutions – lightweight, flexible, durable and aesthetically pleasing – the SolarQuilt is an ideal solution for those with existing flat roofs who want a solar energy system. The SolarQuilt is a lightweight, simple-to-install, easy-to-maintain ballasted solution with a self-cleaning design. Its interconnecting panels can be easily installed on all existing roofing materials without penetrating the roof, that can be easily removed and re-installed when the roof is replaced. “Our robust Ovonic thin-film solar cells are building materials which, when used to cover roofs of the world, can do much to solve today’s energy problems,” said Stanford R. Ovshinsky, president and CEO of ECD Ovonics and chairman and CEO of Uni-Solar. “This always has been a focus of our business.” The SolarQuilt can be installed on any existing roof, including built-up roofs and bitumen roofs, and complements UniSolar’s building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product line for membrane and steel roofs. “Our Company is committed to delivering turnkey solar energy systems to the growing market,” said Troy Strand, President, Independent Energy Solutions. “As a result of our close working relationship with Uni-Solar, we are able to offer a turnkey system that is appropriate for both commercial and residential customers who want solar electricity.” The solar panels are designed with a slight slope, which allows water and dirt particles to run toward existing roof drains. Like other existing solar energy systems offered by Uni-Solar, the SolarQuilt panels require virtually no maintenance following their installation. Additionally, the form factor of the SolarQuilt panels makes them easy to manage from the building developer and contractor perspectives.