Centrosolar America: installations of its German-made solar PV modules in the US

Centrosolar America, the US subsidiary of Centrosolar Group AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, announced on 2 February 2011 the start up of the production of its German-made C-Series photovoltaic m…

Centrosolar America, the US subsidiary of Centrosolar Group AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, announced on 2 February 2011 the start up of the production of its German-made C-Series photovoltaic module in the US. Centrosolar America“s C-Series, designed exclusively for residential rooftop installations, is the company“s first entirely German-made panel to be introduced in the US solar market. The C-Series panel features triple-layer back sheets and thermally strengthened, high-impact low iron glass coated with a patented nano-power anti-reflective coating that, says the company, increases energy yield, while also being among the sturdiest modules on the market. One of the first installations completed was a 6.9 kilowatt system on a home in Glendale, Arizona. The 30 panels, installed by Chandler, Arizona-based Solar Topps, will supply 90% of the home“s energy requirements from the sun. Solar Topps President Neal Uppal says his company will be installing another 72 of the C-Series panels in a 17-kilowatt installation in the near future and sees the C-Series as an important component in their business growth for the future. The C-Series offers an anti-reflective glass coating that harvests more kWh of energy, delivering reliable and peak performance power levels in cloudy and low-sun areas and under the adverse weather conditions in North America, notably in marine coastal installation environments where salt-spray is an issue. The modules are salt-spray tested in Germany and exceed international standards. The module has a best-in-class power tolerance rating of 0/+3%, which translates into more power out of the module per DC wattage than other comparably rated modules. Centrosolar America sets new warranty standards in the industry with the C-Series, including a 10-year product warranty and a 26-year, 80% power-loss system warranty. The C-Series is also offered in the “CentroPack” Residential System. The “CentroPack” is the company“s all in one-box“ packaged system, providing US installers with a turnkey system, pre-packaged with all the components needed to install an approved residential roof-top PV system, including the C-Series PV panels, mounting systems, inverters, and all the electrical and other hardware needed. Unique to the industry, the “CentroPack” includes the engineering and design services needed to configure the most complex systems. Site plans, roof load calculations, wiring diagrams, and mechanical and structural details are included, along with a detailed instruction manual. Permit ready drawings and performance spec sheets are also included.