United Solar Sold Over 4 MW of UNI-SOLAR(R) Laminates for Innovative Building Integrated Rooftop Installation in Italy
Solar installation located on the pavilions of The Fiera di Rimini Trade Fair
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 21, 2012 -- United Solar, the
a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD)
(OTC:ENERQ.PK), is proud to announce that it has sold 4.33 megawatts (MW) of
UNI-SOLAR brand photovoltaic (PV) laminates for the solar installation
located on the pavilions of The Fiera di Rimini Trade Fair.
The Fiera di Rimini Trade Fair is located in the center of Italy and
consists of 16 main pavilions, which are currently covered with an aluminum
corrugate roofing solution covering close to 100,000 square meters of
exhibition area. In order to achieve the highest solar incentive, the
existing roof needs to be replaced. UNI-SOLAR laminates will now be factory
bonded onto the Riverclack Elios aluminum standing seam metal pans provided
by United Solar's Business Alliance Partner, ISCOM.
This 4.33 MW solar project is owned and developed by Green Utility and
consists of over 34,000 UNI-SOLAR brand photovoltaic modules. ACEA Group, an
Italian public utility company, will provide the Engineering, Procurement &
Construction (EPC) services for the project. The installation is expected to
begin producing power in the first half of 2012. Once operational, the
system will be capable of producing more than 5 million kilowatt hours (kWh)
and is expected to provide a carbon offset of 3,500 tons per year. This is
equivalent to supplying over
1,500 households with electricity each year.
Mr. Silvio Gentile, CEO of Green Utility, stated: "This PV system, which we
are building right now on the roofs of the Rimini Trade Fair, combines the
best in class PV technology with architectural design, setting an important
example for the whole solar industry in Italy.
After our positive experience on the Trade Fair of Rome, we decided once
more to utilize UNI-SOLAR's unique technology."
UNI-SOLAR laminates were chosen for this installation as they abide by the
innovative BIPV regulations defined by GSE, the Italian grid regulator.
Their lightweight, flexible features fit the characteristics of The Fiera di
Rimini Trade Fair pavilions and provide a true building integrated solution.
In addition, the thin-film triple-junction technology of UNI-SOLAR laminates
allows for achieving superior energy yield despite the east and west
orientation and curvature of the roof.
United Solar has more than 25 years experience in the solar industry, is the
largest manufacturer of lightweight flexible solar panels in the world and
has been awarded nearly 70 United States patents for various technological
About United Solar/UNI-SOLAR(R)
United Solar has been a global leader in building-integrated and rooftop
photovoltaics for over 25 years. The company manufactures, sells and
installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight into clean,
renewable energy using proprietary technology for which the company has been
awarded over 70 U.S. patents. UNI-SOLAR(R) brand products are unique because
of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and
real-world energy production. For more information on United Solar visit
uni-solar.com or follow UNI-SOLAR on Facebook.com/unisolar and