SOURCE: Xunlight Corporation
June 08, 2010 13:19 ET
Xunlight PV Modules Power Times Square Billboard
TOLEDO, OH and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 8, 2010) - Xunlight Corporation, a leader in the development and manufacture of thin-film silicon solar modules, announced today that its flexible solar panels are now being used to power the first 100% solar powered billboard in New York City's Times Square. The Ricoh Eco Board, located at the northwest corner of 7th Avenue and 42nd Street in New York, is powered by 24 Xunlight XR36 thin-film silicon photovoltaic modules and other solar panels. These products incorporate Xunlight's triple-junction thin-film silicon solar cells produced using its proprietary high speed 25MW wide-web, roll-to-roll PV manufacturing equipment. Xunlight worked with Ricoh Americas Corporation, Takara Media, Cooley Group, and Lamar Advertising on this Ricoh Eco Board project.
"We are very pleased to have our flexible and lightweight PV modules incorporated into this innovative outdoor advertising application. This project highlights the flexibility of lightweight solar systems for a variety of markets and applications," said Dr. Xunming Deng, President and CEO of Xunlight. Dr. Deng will join officials from Ricoh Company, Ltd., Ricoh Americas, Cooley Group, and the City of New York at 5:30pm today (June 8, 2010) at a special ceremony in New York City's Times Square to celebrate the completion of this solar powered billboard project.
Xunlight recently received certification for its flexible and lightweight photovoltaic modules under the ANSI/UL1703 standard for North American markets. ETL certification was granted following rigorous testing by Intertek, an independent product safety certification organization. A recent survey of available products in the solar market shows that with this certification, Xunlight has become one of very few PV module manufacturers today having flexible PV products certified to ANSI/UL1703 standards.
In addition to this solar powered billboard project, Xunlight has recently completed the production of solar modules for a 50KW system to be installed at the I-280 right-of-ways to power the lighting system for Toledo, Ohio's Veterans' Glass City Skyway, along with another 50KW system supplied by First Solar.
Several weeks ago, Xunlight also participated in a ProLogis rooftop PV testing site which has installed solar modules from eight different module manufacturers: Ascent Solar, First Solar, GS-Solar, MiaSole, Solyndra, Suniva, Uni-Solar and Xunlight. The initial configuration provides side-by-side comparisons of several module technologies, including monocrystalline, glass-on-glass thin film and membrane-applied thin film modules.
To expand its applications, Xunlight has, during the past year, executed three long-term module supply agreements with a total purchase price of $86 million. One of the three contracts is with a US-based PV system integrator while the other two are with European customers.
Later this week, Xunlight will showcase its flexible and lightweight PV modules from June 9 to 11 at InterSolar 2010, in Munich, Germany (Booth 131 in Hall B6).
About Xunlight Corporation
Xunlight Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of lightweight and flexible photovoltaic modules that convert sunlight into electricity. Xunlight has received over $40 million of institutional investments from Emerald Technology Ventures, Trident Capital, NGP Energy Technology Partners, and Rabo Ventures. Xunlight has been featured on Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, CNN, FOX News, The New York Times, the Associated Press, ABC World News, and The Economist. The company is headquartered in a 122,000 sqft manufacturing facility in Toledo, Ohio. For additional information, visit www.xunlight.com.