Cheaper Rooftop PV Gets Millions From California

The California Energy Commission will contribute US$1.5 million over three years to develop an inexpensive and easily installed building-integrated photovoltaic system that can be applied to a variety of roof decks.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (US) 2002-02-11 [] United Solar Systems Corp, a joint venture of Energy Conversion Devices Inc. and N.V. Bekaert S.A., says it has been awarded a cost-shared CEC contract under the Public Interest Energy Research program. The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District will administer the project that will cost $3.3 million over a three-year period, of which the CEC’s $1.5 million is part. “This grant will allow us to diversify our product in the rapidly expanding BIPV market, and focuses on our goal of turning all roofs into electrical power generators,” says Stanford Ovshinsky, Chairman of United Solar and ECD. He says SMUD has used UNI-SOLAR products on metal decks of covered parking structures and wants to work with Bekaert ECD to showcase the new products on different types of roofs. United Solar develops thin-film amorphous PV while ECD and United Solar have developed a continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing of thin-film aSi alloy multi-junction solar cells. United Solar and Bekaert ECD offer solar roofing panels in PV shingles and standing seam metal roofing which they claim are flexible, lightweight and architecturally attractive.
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