Sanyo and Avacos Unveil First Canadian Bifacial Solar PV Installation

Sanyo Canada Inc. and Avacos Solar Energy, a Canadian solar photovoltaic installation and project integration company, have unveiled the first Canadian photovoltaic system combining Sanyo’s HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) Double bifacial solar PV modules and DuROCK Tio-Coat reflective roof membrane at DuROCK Alfacing International Ltd.’s headquarters.

The 10kW grid-tied array, will use the Sanyo bifacial PV modules to provide renewable energy revenue for DuROCK, while the Tio-Coat membrane will reduce the cooling costs of the building. The combination of these technologies results in increased PV module output from the cooling effect and the increased exposure to solar radiation at the back of the modules due to the high reflectivity of Tio-Coat roof membrane

“The merging of these two technologies is a great example of the potential that exists within this (solar) industry,” said Sandro Costa, president of Avacos Solar. “Maximizing the power generation possible from the sun is not only a win-win situation for the client, but for the environment and society as a whole.”

Sanyo HIT Double PV modules generate power from both sides, resulting in up to 30% higher energy output than standard single-sided PV modules, making them ideal for carports, canopies and porch coverings, the company said.

DuROCK Tio-Coat is a white elastomeric urethane roof coating that provides 89% solar radiation reflectivity and weather resistance, reducing the energy usage required for the building compared to traditional roof coverings.

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