SOLON Corporation, one of the largest providers of turnkey solar power plants and photovoltaic (PV) products in the U.S., today announced it has been selected as one of the finalists by the Intersolar AWARD 2012 expert panel in the Photovoltaic category, recognizing SOLON’s patent pending SOLquickTM commercial rooftop system as one of the most pioneering technologies and innovations of 2012.
The SOLquick system, a versatile new plug-and-play commercial rooftop solution, successfully integrates a frameless module and racking into a unitary product to bring tremendous cost savings, simplicity and design value far above standard module installation practices. Developed to reduce overall system cost by targeting installation labor, the SOLquick system is designed to ship directly to the work site, fully assembled with no staging or tools required. The product can be installed in 10 units per man hour and initial SOLquick flat roof installation has proven to reduce mechanical installation time by over 85 percent and electrical installation time by 50 percent.
Featuring Fibrex® material from Andersen Corporation, an innovative wood and thermoplastic composite material for the racking, the SOLquick system is significantly lighter than traditional roof-mounted systems, at 2.8psf (80lbs). In addition, the system requires no additional ground wire, which further minimizes labor and cost.
Lars Podlowski, SOLON’s Chief Technical Officer, stated “The SOLquick system was developed by our US-based product development team from concept to launch in just eight months. This product highlights SOLON’s strategy of aggressively attacking system and installation costs through innovative and differentiated products, in this case focusing on a unitary, light-weight module and mounting system as well as rapid installation.”
The industry-renowned Intersolar AWARD is given out annually by an independent panel of judges in the award categories of photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies and PV production technologies (in cooperation with SEMI PV Group). Over 3,500 exhibitors from Intersolar Europe, Intersolar North America, Intersolar India and Intersolar China are all eligible to compete for the Intersolar AWARD. Nominees are judged on their innovation compared to other products currently on the market as well as their technological and economic benefits and their contribution to the industry, environment and society.
The SOLquick system will be showcased at this year’s Intersolar Europe Conference on June 13-15 in Munich, Germany, in SOLON booth A4.380, and at Intersolar North America, on July 12-14 in San Francisco, CA, in SOLON booth #9146.
The Intersolar AWARD ceremony will be held on June 13, 2012 at Intersolar Europe 2012.