Solar Certification Opens European Doors

As result of securing an international certification for their thin-film solar technology, California-based Solar Integrated Technologies (SIT) landed their first European contracts to meet the German market’s relentless demand for solar photovoltaic products.

The orders were from six separate German customers for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing systems from SIT totaling 236 kW. These orders were largely made possible, according to SIT, through the company’s new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certification, which was approved for the company three months ago. “Our key distribution channels into this important market are starting to gain solid traction,” said the company’s CEO, Jon W. Slangerup.” Four of the projects were sold through SIT’s agreement with their partner, Sarnafil International AG, and the remaining two projects were sold through German company Dachland GmbH. In April 2005, SIT signed a formal agreement with Swiss-based Sarnafil International AG, a division of Sarna Polymer Holdings Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Sarnafil’s sales force markets and sells Solar Integrated’s branded BIPV roofing systems to customers in Germany, the most highly developed European photovoltaic market. Sarnafil manufactures polymer-based industrial membranes and is one of SIT’s principal component suppliers. SIT’s core product consists of Sarnafil’s flexible single-ply roofing membrane fused with flexible thin-film amorphous silicon photovoltaic cells. “Our European platform is an important element of our continued global growth strategy, as we look to expand our market reach and penetration,” said Frederik W. Mowinckel, Chief Operating Officer – Europe. “With both IEC and CE certifications, and with productive distribution channels, we look forward to securing additional orders in Europe.” (See “Publisher’s Insert of Correction, September 26, 2005” in Reader Comments
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