Skyline Solar Achieve Milestones on Cost-Efficient and Scalable CPV System
Skyline Solar â„¢ announced this week that its Skyline Solar X14 System has been listed by the California Energy Commission (CEC) as an eligible product. CEC listing makes the Skyline X14 System eligible for California performance based incentives (PBI), and will drive faster adoption of Skyline Solarâ€™s cost-efficient and field-proven concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system. The news follows Skyline Solarâ€™s announcement of its IEC 62688 certification at Solar Power International 2011.
Skyline Solar also received a new patent on its system architecture, the ninth awarded to the company in just 18 months. The companyâ€™s growing patent portfolio covers key design elements of the CPV panel, reflector, optics, support structure, tracker and thermal management. The latest patent covers the placement of reflector extenders and caps at the ends of the reflective troughs.
The news comes on the heels of other key milestones Skyline Solar has recently achieved for its Skyline X14 System. The company recently participated in the ground-breaking ceremony on October 7 for a 500 kilowatt (kW) Skyline X14 System CPV plant in Durango, Mexico, expected to be the largest CPV plant in Latin America.
The Skyline X14 System, named for its ability to concentrate sunlight 14 times using durable glass reflectors, delivers an LCOE of less than ten cents per kWh in sunny climates. It is the only CPV system to incorporate field-upgradability, allowing system owners to future-proof their investment by benefiting from increased cell efficiency. Upgradability increases project Internal Rate of Return (IRR) by as much as 30 percent.
About Skyline Solar
Skyline Solar manufactures integrated concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems, incorporating industry-proven silicon cells, durable mirrors and single-axis tracking into easy-to-deploy solar power plants. The Skyline Solar X14 System delivers a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) below ten cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), including incentives, in areas with high sun exposure. Built primarily out of commodity materials and assembled using globally available manufacturing processes, the Skyline X14 System offers customers excellent financial returns and outstanding scalability.
Skyline Solar was founded in 2007 and is led by veterans of the solar energy and high volume manufacturing industries. The company is funded by NEA and other investors, and has been awarded contracts by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Defense (DOD). Skyline Solar has eight patents to date on its CPV architecture. For more information, visit www.skyline-solar.com.california energy commission, Concentrated Solar PV, CSP, focused solar, ground breaking ceremony, internal rate of return, kilowatt, new patent, patent portfolio, skyline solar, solar pv, system architecture
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