SOLON Corporation, one of the largest providers of turnkey solar power plants in the U.S., announced the installation of a 10 kilowatt (kW) pilot project of the SOLquick commercial rooftop solution at Biosphere 2, a unique ecological research and teaching facility located north of Tucson.
Installed on the roof of the Biosphere 2’s conference center, the SOLquick installation will provide clean energy to help power the facility. Together, SOLON and the Biosphere team will develop a solar learning center based on the system, which SOLON will continue to monitor for one year, to continue training, time trials and research, and to ensure all design functions are met.
SOLquick’s integrated unit ships directly to the work site with the laminate and racking as one. Requiring no tools, installation time is reduced by more than 85 percent. Weighing less than 2.8 pounds per square foot, SOLquick offers a lightweight solution for customers like the Biosphere to incorporate solar into their energy portfolio through their roof.
“SOLON is pleased to be working with the Biosphere 2, which shares our commitment to promoting solar in the community,” said Dan Alcombright, CEO and President of North America for SOLON. “The Biosphere’s mission of advancing research and understanding resonates with SOLON’s heritage of innovation, and we are glad to be working with them to advance the solar industry.”
“The Biosphere 2 is a home for research, outreach and education about our Earth,” said Biosphere 2 Sustainability Coordinator Nathan Allen. “Innovative products like SOLON’s SOLquick take us another step closer to bringing solar into homes and businesses. SOLquick’s fast installation allowed us to quickly bring solar to our facility, and we look forward to collaborating on research that advances solar technology."