Los Angeles, Jan. 25, 2006 — Solar Integrated Technologies Inc., a provider of commercial building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofs, announced that it completed 39 industrial solar roofing projects in 2005, bringing the company’s total installed projects to 58, aggregating more than 5 MW of installed generating capacity.
These projects, installed in Arizona, California, Nevada, New York, Texas, Germany and Spain, represent a range of industries and customers, including Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Honeywell, ProLogis, San Diego City Schools and Wal-Mart.
In the past, the application of solar panels for large area low-slope roofs was limited due to the weight of traditional rigid crystalline solar panels and the roof penetrations required to secure these heavy panels. To address these building limitations, Solar Integrated developed a BIPV roofing product that combines lightweight roofing material with flexible solar panels.
Solar Integrated’s solar roof panel weighs only 12 oz per square foot and lies flat on existing roof top facilities without exceeding roof loading limitations. By comparison, traditional crystalline solar panels weigh 8 lbs per square foot and often require roof modifications before installation. In addition, the Solar Integrated amorphous BIPV product does not use purified silicon as a raw ingredient, but rather uses silane gas, which requires only trace amounts of silicon. Therefore, Solar Integrated’s amorphous BIPV products are not constrained by global silicon supply and pricing.