C&I, Solar

GE Energy Unveils New 200 Watt Solar Module

Predictably, power industry giant GE Energy stacked up a host of new project and product news developments in order to unveil them at the U.S. power industry’s major annual trade show. While most of the company’s announcements were in the traditional power sectors, they did unveil some renewable energy news, including a new 200-watt polycrystalline solar module. The company, which is relatively new to the solar industry after scooping up bankrupt Astropower’s assets, says this is the company’s highest power and highest efficiency solar module to date. The full company press release follows.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – December 6, 2005 – Building on the success of its current portfolio of solar technology products, GE Energy has released its highest power and highest efficiency solar module to date, the company announced today at Power-Gen International 2005. Designed for commercial solar applications, the new 200-watt solar module uses polycrystalline cells. Offering higher output per square foot, the new module speeds the installation process by reducing the amount of racking and labor associated with a large solar array installation. GE Energy’s 200-watt solar module has been UL 1703-certified and California Energy Commission (CEC)-listed. The continuing advancement of solar technology is a key element of GE ecomagination (www.ge.com/ecomagination), a GE commitment to aggressively bring to market new technologies that will help customers meet pressing environmental challenges. Launched in May of this year, ecomagination is at the forefront of the company’s business initiatives. Under ecomagination, GE will invest $1.5 billion annually in research in cleaner technologies by 2010, up from $700 million in 2004. “GE Energy is an industry leader in the integrated design of solar electric systems. We are proud to offer the new 200-watt high efficiency solar module to the U.S. market,” said Ali Iz, general manager of technology growth for GE Energy. “The release of this newest solar product is a further example of GE’s commitment to ecomagination.” “Using GE Energy’s 200-watt solar modules will allow us to increase the amount of power generation per square foot of roofing space by 20 percent. This results in savings for our customers on both material and labor costs while reducing the amount of roof space they need to allocate to power generation,” said Ed O’Brien, partner, McConnell Energy Solutions (MES). About GE Energy GE Energy (www.ge.com/energy) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technology, with 2004 revenue of $17.3 billion. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, GE Energy provides equipment, service and management solutions across the power generation, transmission and distribution, distributed power and energy rental industries.