Thin-film amorphous photovoltaics (PV) producer Uni-Solar has installed a solar system delivering 24 kW at the Red Mountain Branch Library in Mesa, Arizona. The installation is the result of a cooperative effort between Salt River Project (SRP), a utility that serves the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona, as well as the city of Mesa, Arizona.Auburn Hills, Michigan – October 24, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Uni-Solar’s PV system was installed on several different parking shade structures in early April and now helps offset the library’s power consumption. Based on this installation, SRP and the City of Mesa estimate that the system will produce more than 40,000 kWh of clean, pollution-free electricity per year. “The lightweight and flexible Ovonic Solar thin-film amorphous panels are ideal for installation on either existing structures or specially designed buildings,” said Stanford R. Ovshinsky, President and CEO of ECD Ovonics and Chairman and CEO of Ovonic Solar. “We are pleased that the City of Mesa and Salt River Project have selected our solar energy system.” The overall installation is a combination of two different shade structure systems, containing more than 230 Uni-Solar Ovonic panels and covering over 6,000 square feet. In this situation, the newly installed shade structures serve two purposes: protecting library visitors and their automobiles from various weather elements, and providing a base for Uni-Solar Ovonic’s thin- film panels. “We were in need of a solution that was safe and easy to maintain,” said Ernie Palomino, Technical Project Manager of the Salt River Project. “Considering the environmental limitations — including the fact that people would be parking their cars under the structure and then walking over to the library — this project required a safe yet high energy-producing system. Uni-Solar Ovonic’s energy solution is a perfect fit.” Uni-Solar Ovonic’s thin-film amorphous solar products differ from traditional crystalline technology, which typically utilizes heavy, glass-mounted panels, as Uni-Solar system solutions are flexible, durable, lightweight and easy-to-install, said the company. The company stated that independent studies have shown that Uni-Solar Ovonic’s systems produce more energy per peak-rated wattage than crystalline products, enhancing their overall value in the market.