Opel Solar upbeat on new solar jobs, HCPV solar products

Opel Solar is promoting its new wireless network controller and high-concentration photovoltaics (HCPV) products at Solar Power International 2010. The company is also talking about installed solar, and what the renewable power means for the job market. Senior technical editor Debra Vogler spoke with Opel Solar representatives at the show.

(October 14, 2010) — Opel Solar is promoting its new wireless network controller and high-concentration photovoltaics (HCPV) products at Solar Power International 2010, taking place this week in Los Angeles. The company is also talking about installed solar, and what the renewable power means for the job market. Senior technical editor Debra Vogler spoke with Opel Solar representatives at the show.

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Opel debuted a new high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) panel — Mk-IX. The Mk-IX panels were designed for utility-scale, grid-connected solar plants being developed in medium- to high-solar-irradiance climates. They use a dual-element refractive concentrator architecture, in combination with triple-junction solar cells produced by Boeing-Spectrolab. According to Opel Solar, the Mk-IX uses a less complex and easily repeatable assembly process that can be transferred to different markets, thus generating more local manufacturing jobs. The Mk-IX concentrators will begin shipping in spring 2011.

Podcast: Opel Solar opens up about its wireless network controller, next-gen HCPV solar 
Mike McCoy, CFO at Opel Solar, discusses the company’s two new products — announced at Solar Power International 2010 — in a podcast interview with Debra Vogler, senior technical editor. Download or Play Now

Podcast: 1MW installed solar power translates to 100-200 new jobs: A chat with Opel Solar
In a podcast interview at Solar Power International 2010, Pat Agudow, VP, administration, public and government relations at Opel Solar, tells Debra Vogler, senior technical editor of Photovoltaics World, about the company’s lobbying efforts at the federal level and how energy security equates to jobs and greater economic security for the U.S. Opel is also interested in a federal feed-in-tariff (FiT) and national smart grid. Download or Play Now

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