Tigo Energy Teams with SCHOTT Solar to Bring Electronic Intelligence to Photovoltaic Projects

Tigo Energy® and SCHOTT Solar today announced the companies are working together to bring electronic intelligence to the solar module and increase power output.


Partnership Focuses on Increasing Solar Harvest
With the Tigo Energy® Maximizer™ Solution

LOS GATOS, CA, September 30, 2010 - Tigo Energy® and SCHOTT Solar today announced the companies are working together to bring electronic intelligence to the solar module and increase power output.
As part of the partnership, SCHOTT Solar has extensively tested and established system compatibility, including the frame mounting procedure, with the Tigo Energy Maximizer™ Solution and SCHOTT's industry-leading solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. Additionally, Tigo Energy will be actively supporting the SCHOTT Solar initiative to include intelligent electronics in next-generation module design.
The Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution creates smart modules that provide up to a 20 percent increase in energy production, active management capabilities and enhanced safety for utility, commercial and residential solar arrays. The implementation of the Tigo Energy PV-Safe™ feature, which enables the deactivation of all high voltage DC on the rooftop, was reviewed by local fire agencies and recognized to significantly reduce risk during a fire emergency.
"Tigo Energy actively supports the SCHOTT Solar initiative to bring increased electronic intelligence to the solar module itself and increase power harvest, and the Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution will help SCHOTT customers achieve that goal," said Jeff Krisa, Vice President at Tigo Energy.
"Customers purchase SCHOTT modules for bankable quality and reliability backed by an industry leading 25-year linear power warranty. When used with the Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution, SCHOTT modules operate at their full potential with all leading inverters, and the system can be economically deployed in any size project," said Mukesh Shah, Product Management Director at SCHOTT Solar PV, USA.
As part of the evaluation stage of the partnership, SCHOTT Solar and Tigo Energy engaged the installation community to validate the customer benefits of the solution. "The Tigo Energy Maximizer solution keeps the SCHOTT POLY 235 modules running at their peak output," said Jeff Wiggins, CEO of SolNV and President of Nevada SEIA. "Tigo Energy and Schott Solar give our customers the peace-of-mind of being able to watch the energy production of each module for the full life of the installation." SolNV completed the 5.7kW system installation earlier this year.
Tigo Energy has developed its innovative Maximizer technology aimed at accelerating the adoption of today's photovoltaic components and technologies increasing system output and maintenance effectiveness. Tigo Energy products are available in high volume and can be deployed in residential, commercial or utility scale systems today.

About Tigo Energy
Based in Los Gatos, Calif., Tigo Energy was founded in 2007 and focuses on applying innovative technologies to the solar PV space. Tigo Energy has offices in the United States, Japan, Germany and Israel and is commercially shipping volume systems in cooperation with most prominent worldwide solar distributors and EPCs. An expanding list of Tigo Energy's distribution sales partners can be found at www.tigoenergy.com/distributors.html. Additional information on Tigo Energy is available at: www.tigoenergy.com.

About SCHOTT Solar
SCHOTT Solar, with its high quality products, enables the potential of the sun as a nearly inexhaustible source of energy to be utilized. It's for exactly that reason that SCHOTT Solar produces important components for photovoltaic applications and solar energy plants. In the photovoltaic industry, the company is one of the few integrated manufacturers of crystalline silicon wafers, cells and modules. In thin-film technology, SCHOTT Solar also describes itself an advanced supplier due to having over twenty years of experience. In the production of receivers for solar power plants, SCHOTT Solar sees itself as a market and technology leader. The receivers are key components in large-scale power plants that generate electricity from solar energy centrally on the basis of parabolic trough technology and are able to supply entire cities with power. SCHOTT Solar has production facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic, the USA and Spain. The innovative power and technological competence of the company date back to the late 1950s. SCHOTT Solar GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the international SCHOTT technology group. SCHOTT develops special materials, components and systems for the household appliance, pharmaceutical, solar energy, electronics, optical and automotive industries. With around 17,400 employees, the SCHOTT Group generated a worldwide turnover of about 2.3 billion euros in fiscal year 2008/2009.
Contacts: Mukesh Shah Daniel Francisco
SCHOTT Solar Inc. Francisco Group for Tigo Energy
408-224-2904 916-812-8814
Mukesh.Shah@us.schott.com dan@franciscogrp.com

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