A major manufacturer of solar photovoltaic panels has signed an agreement with a U.S. utility to market solar electric systems.
CAMARILLO, California – Siemens Solar Industries L.P. will provide PV systems to Allegheny Energy Solutions, an unregulated subsidiary of Allegheny Energy. The earthsafe(TM) solar systems were designed by Siemens Solar to provide an efficient and convenient source of green power for residential, commercial and industrial applications. “We believe Allegheny and Siemens Solar will benefit substantially by this action,” says Siemens Solar COO Chet Farris. “It is an indication that consumer choice – for solar electricity specifically – will be a major factor in how our country chooses to produce and use electricity from this point forward.” “Adding earthsafe systems to our portfolio positions Allegheny Energy Solutions as one of the few energy services providers to offer complete on-site power solutions,” explains AES vice president David Cole. “It also reinforces our commitment to providing environmentally friendly energy solutions to our customers.” AES provides distributed generation technologies to businesses that need reliable backup energy, with a focus on health services, communication and data centers, chemical and financial institutions. By delivering reliable energy alternatives, AES can partner with select manufacturers of the latest technologies in distributed generation to offer turnkey on-site energy packages. AES is based in Hagerstown, Maryland, and is part of the Allegheny Energy family that includes Allegheny Energy Supply that operates competitive electric generation, Allegheny Power which delivers electricity and natural gas to three million people in parts of Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and Allegheny Ventures which invests in telecommunications and energy projects. Siemens Solar is based in Camarillo, and is one of the largest PV suppliers in the world. The company has shipped cells and modules with a cumulative peak power of 200 megawatts, and has increased monthly production by 50 percent to boost current production to 3 MW a month. Its PV panels are used to generate electricity in advanced industrial applications and simple solar home systems, in both on-grid and off-grid installations.