California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Akeena Solar has signed a distribution partnership with Highland Solar to sell the company’s Andalay AC solar panel system throughout Canada. According to terms of the agreement, Highland Solar will sell at least 1.75 megawatts (MW) of Andalay AC solar panels in Canada through 2010 through its network of local installation partners.
The Andalay system is one of the first solar power systems to meet Ontario’s provincial content requirements, which require 40 percent of the content of solar systems to be sourced from Ontario in order to qualify for its Feed-in Tariff (FIT).
Ontario’s FIT provides generators of renewable energy a 20-year contract at a guaranteed price. Under the micro-FIT program, which includes solar systems of 10 kilowatts or less, homeowners are paid CAN $0.802 for each kilowatt-hour produced.
“Canada is shaping up to be a large market for rooftop solar with their generous new renewable energy programs in Ontario and other provinces,” said Barry Cinnamon, Akeena Solar’s CEO. “With our distribution agreement with Highland Solar, Andalay AC solar panels will now be available to Canadian homeowners eager to lower their electricity bills with safe, reliable solar panels that look like skylights.”
Highland has manufactured its own brand of solar products since 2005, but the company said that this is its first opportunity to manufacture products and create jobs within its home province.
To help address the anticipated demand for the Andalay system, the company has leased a training facility and plans to provide hands on solar installation training to contracting companies.
This is largest distribution partnership Akeena Solar has signed to date and the company’s first distribution arrangement outside of the United States.
RenewableEnergyWorld.com caught up with Akeena Solar CEO Barry Cinnamon at Solar Power International to hear about his Solar Manifesto and the changes that need to be made in permitting residential solar systems. Watch the video below to hear more.