SunPower unveils new Performance Series of solar panels

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SunPower has announced a new line of solar panels under the Performance Series targeting a new set of customer segments and global markets.

The new products utilize a proprietary manufacturing process to assemble conventional silicon solar cells into panels with increased efficiency and reliability compared with conventional panels.

The new Performance Series of panels will be available in residential, commercial and power plants later next year.

“Our new line of Performance Series products continue the SunPower tradition of higher efficiency, superior reliability and enhanced aesthetics compared with conventional panels, all in a lower priced product configuration,” said Tom Werner, president and CEO of SunPower.

“Together with our best-in-class E-Series and X-Series back-contact panels, we are expanding our product line to offer customers a wider range of product choice and increase our reach to additional markets, further enhancing company growth,” Werner added.

The Performance Series product line is an outgrowth of technology developed by Fremont, CA-based Cogenra Solar, which SunPower acquired earlier this year, the company said.

The cell interconnect technology developed by Cogenra eliminates the need for the soldering and copper ribbons that are a major cause of power loss and degradation in conventional panels.

“SunPower’s new Performance Series is a powerful combination of Cogenra’s innovative cell interconnect technology, with more than 30 patents issued and pending, together with our extensive solar panel intellectual property, manufacturing experience and scale,” Werner said.

“These new products will provide our customers with up to 15 percent more power than conventional panels with improved reliability and shade tolerance,” Werner added.

Rajani Baburajan

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