Global Solar Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of flexible solar technology, is making it easier for Japanese businesses to adopt the most powerful flexible solar roofing module on the market. The company recently announced its expansion into the Japanese market, partnering with CBC Co. Ltd, Eco Holdings and OG Corporation.
Under Japan's new feed-in tariff (FIT) program, utilities are required to pay 42 yen per kilowatt-hour (about $0.52 per kilowatt-hour) for 20 years from solar plants generating at least 10 kW of energy. Researchers believe the FIT program will foster a solar market worth $9.6 billion and 3.2 gigawatts of capacity.
“With its recent FIT program and proven dedication to integrating more renewable energy into its utilities’ portfolio mix, Japan will prove to be one of the most important markets for solar in the coming years,” said Jean-Noel Poirier, Chief Sales Officer, Global Solar Energy. “With our highly-valued partners, Global Solar is well positioned to take advantage of the market growth and bring our powerful and cost-effective PowerFLEX BIPV solar solution to more rooftops around Japan.”
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The company is offering a new design of its PowerFLEX BIPV system that has been adapted specifically for Japan's rooftops. It boasts an aperture efficiency of 12.6 percent, delivering the highest efficiency in the flexible module sector. With a large format and high power density, installation costs are lower. The design is also lightweight and flexible, making it ideal for installation of roofs where traditional solar modules are too heavy.
“Recognizing the desire of many Japanese businesses to reap the benefits of the FIT program while also maintaining the aesthetics of their buildings, Global Solar offers an alternative to traditional heavy and rigid glass modules, as well as other flexible PV products,” said Poirier.