A year after Solar Inventions took first place in the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s American-Made Solar Prize competition, the company announced that Georgia renewable power company Cherry Street Energy has placed its first large bulk order of C3-powered panels for use in a portfolio of upcoming projects, including several municipal and university installations.
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The first batches of C3 cells and panels with Solar Inventionsâ€™ improved photovoltaic cell architecture were manufactured by one of the firmâ€™s early partners. â€śSolar Inventions is now working with some of the largest vertically integrated manufacturers of PV solar cells and modules to broaden the availability of C3-enabled products across the world,â€ť said Gregg Freishtat, Chief Commercial Officer.
â€śIncorporating Solar Inventionsâ€™ improvements into our infrastructure easily exhibits our core value proposition to our customers. We make it easy for our clients to access best-in-class technology,â€ť said Michael Chanin, CEO of Cherry Street Energy of Atlanta. â€śAs a next-generation power company, we tap the best and the brightest, and then we deliver the benefits of solar to customers without all the complexities.â€ť
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Cherry Street develops, finances, owns, operates, maintains and continues to upgrade renewable energy systems. Cherry Streetâ€™s projects offer a guaranteed rate on electricity with no upfront costs to schools, businesses, hospitals, factories, local governments, places of worship, and multi-family developments. Examples of customers include the City of Atlanta Emory University, Macon-Bibb and Fulton counties, Terrapin Beer Co., and Parallel Housing.
Solar Inventions, also headquartered in Atlanta, calls its product C3, for â€śConfigurable Current Cells.â€ť CFV Solar Test Laboratory, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has completed IEC61853-1 testing for the C3 technology.
â€śAny manufacturer can license the technology, with an excellent cost-benefit ratio,â€ť said Ben Damiani, Solar Inventionsâ€™ co-founder and Chief Scientist. â€śThe benefits are similar to half-cells, but without requiring cells to be physically broken and rewired.â€ť
Bill Nussey, CEO of Solar Inventions, said the company will have more announcements in the future about a new way to keep energy production high from surrounding cells even when one cell has a defect, or when part of a panel is shaded.