Japanese firms to market Global Solar Energy's BIPV systems at home
Jul 18, 2012 - US flexible solar products manufacturer Global Solar Energy Inc today said it had formed partnerships with three Japanese companies to offer in the Asian country its PowerFlex building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system.
Local firms OG Corp, CBC Co and Eco Holdings will distribute at home Global Solar Energy's PowerFlex BIPV system, which has been adapted for use in rooftop installations in Japan. The company's move to enter the Japanese market has been motivated by the recent launch of feed-in tariffs (FiTs) for solar power of JPY 42 (USD 0.53/EUR 0.43) per kW, which have already lured many domestic and global solar power companies.
The 300-W PowerFlex BIPV module has 12.6% aperture efficiency, large format and high power density that reduce installation and balance of system costs, Global Solar Energy said. It added that a new 200-Wp PowerFlex BIPV module designed for the Japanese market is undergoing certification at the Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories (JET).
Global Solar said also that it had already used its PowerFlex systems in a 400-kW rooftop system on the Yokosuka Naval Base of the US in Japan in cooperation with Beachside Solar.