Los Angeles, October 12, 2010 — GE announced several additions to its portfolio of solar products and services. New solar thin film panel, system and inverter products will enhance GE’s ability to provide a complete range of offerings for use in multi-megawatt projects globally.
“The dramatic transformation and growth that has occurred in the wind industry has taught us a lot about what it takes to succeed in the renewable energy sector,” said Victor Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE Power and Water. “Our strategy in wind and solar is to deliver best in class technology that drives performance and reliability improvements in order to offer our customers the best total value.”
GE has spent the last several years working to develop its solar portfolio. GE’s robust solutions for every part of the solar system are backed by GE’s technical depth and are supported by GE’s global service network. GE’s solar product portfolio includes:
* Thin Film Solutions: GE is announcing two commercially available thin film products. Working together with PrimeStar Solar, Inc., GE has made significant advancements in the commercial development of a cadmium telluride thin film product. Panels from PrimeStar’s 30-MW manufacturing line in Arvada, Colo., will be commercially available in 2011 and plans are underway to ramp up capacity.
GE also announced that it has entered into a technical and commercial agreement with Solar Frontier, a subsidiary of leading Japanese energy business Showa Shell Sekiyu, K.K., whose 900-MW factory will come online in early 2011.
* Brilliance Solar Inverters: Based on the proven power conversion unit employed in GE’s 14,000 1.5-MW wind turbines world-wide, GE’s 700 kilowatt and 1-MW solar inverters offer unparalleled reliability and proven performance. The Brilliance inverter comes enabled with SunIQ, GE’s monitoring and controls platform of grid-friendly features that allow a large-scale solar system to operate similar to a conventional power plant.
* Utility Scale Solar Plants: GE’s system solution focuses on delivering the lowest cost of energy and includes the Brilliance solar inverter technology, components matched for optimized installation and grid integration and GE’s thin film technology. GE’s standard design is easily scalable and is available in both 700 kW and 1-MW power blocks.