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products at Intersolar 2009, day one.

We’re here in San Fransisco at Intersolar 2009 dedicated to show you some products that we found interesting on the trade show floor. Let’s take a look at these innovative products that improve performance, installation and aesthetics. Schuco Ballasted Flat Roof Solar Panel Mounting: Installing solar panels on top of a flat commercial roof can be a challenge to not compromise the integrity of the roof since most installations require roof penetrations. Schuco displayed their ballasted solution that holds down solar panels on a flat commercial rooftops with nothing but a simple brick as a weight. Ballasted systems are great for building owners who have warranties on their roofs but who do not want to void their warranties when installing solar panels. Ballasted mounting solutions typically cost more per watt and add more weight to the roof compared standard racking systems. Canadian Solar panel with Clear Backsheet Canadian Solar Incorporated is showing off a solar panel with a clear back sheet. The advantage of using a solar panel with a clear back sheet is light can still penetrate through the solar panel which makes this type of solar panel ideal for applications in which solar panels provide shade, for example a parking structure or canopy. The clear back sheet is on this monocrystalline solar panel is purely an aesthetic feature. Kaco Solar Inverters with iPhone App? Kaco Solar has rebranded to Kaco New Energy and has made recent improvements to their residential grid tie product line. I saw a display at their booth about an iPhone application that can interface with your Kaco grid tie inverter and display the inverter statistics right on your iPhone. It seems like more grid tie inverter companies are starting to bring inverter data to your mobile phone, which is a trend I expect to see adopted by other grid tie inverter manufacturers S-5! expands product line for metal roof attachments S-5! is a company that focuses on developing attachments for metal roofs, they started with standing seam metal roofs. They have recently created a new attachment product to work on metal roofs with a wavy design. The convenient aspect of this attachment is it has a special adhesive that protects the installation from roof leaks by plugging the penetrations made to secure the solar panels on the roof. This allows you to install solar panels on a metal roof painlessly without worrying about a leaky roof in the future. Global Solar Flexible Thin Film Global Solar is leading the space in terms of developing flexible thin film solar panels to charge up electronic devices and battery packs. From what I saw at their...

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ascent solar makes efficiency progress

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently verified that Ascent Solar‘s flexible Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenide (CIGS) solar panels have an efficiency as high as 10.4% This is great news for flexible solar panels since they continue to get better in terms of how much sunlight they can turn into power. The flexible solar panel that was tested by NREL came right off a Ascent Solar’s production line which puts confidence in Ascent Solar’s ability to manufacturer 10% efficient flexible solar panels on a commercial level. The solar cells are produced on durable, light weight plastic, the plastic substrate materials result in higher power levels, compactness and flexibility that enable the solar cells to be configured into a wide variety of rolls, foldable packs, or traditional solar panel...

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SolarWorld’s 230 watt solar panel

SolarWorld, a solar panel manufacturer that produces solar panels in Camarillo, CA recently launched their 230 watt Sunmodule. The new solar panel represents an evolution in their product line by making significant design changes which include larger solar cells, increased an inch to 6 inches. The solar cell count per solar panel was reduced from 72 to only 60. The reduced number of solar cells increases the current while lowering the voltage which is great for maximizing the number of solar panels that can be wired on a string. The entire solar panel is made right here in the USA except the Junction box which is made in Germany. The SW230 is offered with a silver frame and white backsheet or an ultra low profile black frame with black backsheet. What do you think about SolarWorld solar...

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prices for LED bulbs dropping like a rock

Your electric bills are raising on the other hand the prices of LED bulbs such as the EarthLED ZetaLux and EvoLux are falling. EarthLED has made bold price reductions to make LED light bulbs make more financial sense for you. The price of the ZetaLux has dropped down $10 dollars, now costs $39.99 and the EvoLux has dropped down $30 dollars to only $49.99 LED light bulbs have an extremely long lifetime, most will last over 10 years since they are solid state technology. A typical LED bulb would break even in two years when you factor in the incandescent bulb replacement cost and energy savings, if your cost for electricity is 10 cents per kWh (kilowatt-hour) I think EarthLED is making some game changing moves to accelerate the adoption of high efficiency light bulbs, this is great news for customers because now you will even break even faster as the price of LED bulbs continue to...

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stopping solar panel theft dead in it’s tracks

Solar panel theft is a growing problem in the solar power industry. This is a problem is currently being addressed through lockable clamps that hold solar panels down to rails, although thieves can still cut through with the right tools. Lockable clamps are just one line of defense you can use to protect your investment. Gridlock Solar Security, a start up company is taking solar panel theft deterrent to the next level by using electronic technology. The company is producing a wiring system that would be installed on your solar panels, if the solar panels were removed without authority, bright lights and sirens would go off. Also the system would send out an alert to your cell phone and even call the law enforcement. All this protection at the cost of 1% of your solar electric system. I think this is a pretty neat solution to a problem that is quite new, people want to steal solar panels more than ever. And this is great time for companies to create solutions that are going to make the process of going solar less risky for the customer. What do you...

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Sanyo N Series Complete Systems

I wanted to let you know that we now have complete solar electric systems with the brand new Sanyo HIT 215N high efficiency solar panels. The complete solar electric systems with Sanyo HIT 215N solar panels generate even more watts per square foot and cost less than the older Sanyo HIT 200BA19 solar panels which are being phased out. The great aspect of purchasing a complete system versus sourcing all the parts yourself is that these packages are permit-ready and include an installation manual, very useful for people who are installing solar panels for the first time. Residental solar electric systems traditonally require design, drawing out single line diagrams, and buying all the little parts that make up a solar electric system. With pre-package solutions it’s much easier to get started with solar power since every compotent you need comes in a...

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