For Immediate ReleaseUS-Made Silicon Energy Modules Outperform Top Module Companies in Severe                          Env...
withstood the extreme temperature variations and high wind conditions in Central Washington, but wealso receive complement...
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  1. 1. For Immediate ReleaseUS-Made Silicon Energy Modules Outperform Top Module Companies in Severe Environmental TestingMt. Iron, MN and Seattle, WA – February 28, 2013 – Silicon Energy’s double-glass Cascade SeriesPhotovoltaic (PV) Module outperformed standard PV modules for durability under extremeenvironmental conditions, in an experimental testing process by the National Renewable EnergyLaboratory (NREL). Sustainably manufactured in the US, the company’s Cascade Series PV Modules arebuilt to last using the highest quality materials for reliable performance in mission critical applications.This focus on quality and durability gives Silicon Energy a Class-A fire rating and the ability to offer anindustry leading 30-year warranty.Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, NREL’s National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) is the UnitedStates primary laboratory dedicated to PV research and development. The lab focuses on technologyinnovations to drive industry growth and leadership in U.S. PV manufacturing. The NCPV included SiliconEnergy in a “Test-to-Failure of Crystalline Silicon Modules” study.In the study, Silicon Energy’s modules outperformed five other module designs with respect todegradation mechanisms such as potential-induced degradation, delamination and corrosion.The study was performed to evaluate the “Test-to-Failure,” a testing protocol designed to comparativelyassess module durability and show potential failure mechanisms. NREL’s accelerated lifetime testingsimulates severe environmental conditions, including repeated thermal cycling from -40 to 185°F andseparate application of 85% relative humidity at 85°F with system voltage bias applied. The study foundthat these accelerated tests cause some failures that are representative of field exposure and some thathave not been identified to occur in the field, so the significance of a failure in a test must be evaluatedon a case by case basis.Silicon Energy’s Cascade Series module was tested along with five of the top twenty PV modulemanufacturers by megawatt sold in 2010, and outperformed them under the accelerated test scenarios.Silicon Energy’s module emerged from the testing environment with no electrical safety failures and noperformance degradation.Silicon Energy’s module performance is the result of its innovative design, which features doubletempered glass construction laminated using an advanced encapsulant to survive extremeenvironmental conditions. One such environment is Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Wild Horse Wind andSolar Farm at 3,500 ft on the slopes of Whiskey Dick Mountain in the Washington Cascade Mountains,an installation that exposes the Silicon Energy modules to severe weather, temperatures, and wind gustsup to 120 mph. “Silicon Energy panels were installed at Wild Horse more than three years ago,” saidAdam Crawford, Puget Sound Energy Community Service Coordinator. “Not only have the panels
  2. 2. withstood the extreme temperature variations and high wind conditions in Central Washington, but wealso receive complements on the aesthetics of the panels from our visitors.”Figure 1: PSE Wild Horse Wind and Solar Installation, Courtesy of Puget Sound EnergyThis feeling of confidence in Silicon Energy is shared by Minnesota-based solar installer, PowerfullyGreen, who almost exclusively installs Silicon Energy modules. According to Powerfully Green ownerRebecca Lundberg, “Silicon Energy modules are the PV solution of choice. We depend on these modulesfor durability and maintenance-free operation. Our most demanding commercial and residentialcustomers insist upon these modules for their reliable performance. Silicon Energy’s double-glassmodules are the best aesthetic option, and give us the ability to integrate PV into beautiful structureslike patio covers, carports, and awnings.”Silicon Energy’s President, Gary Shaver commented, “We appreciate the opportunity to participate inNREL’s cutting edge research, and are thrilled with our performance in their rigorous testingenvironment. Silicon Energy is committed to quality and durability, and our next generation CascadeSeries module builds off of this knowledge and success. This recognition demonstrates that Minnesotaand Washington investments in job creation enable innovative US PV manufacturers to build credibilityleading to economic growth and job creation.”Silicon Energy modules have been installed in more than 1500 projects nationwide.About Silicon EnergyFounded in 2007, Silicon Energy delivers the highest quality and most durable photovoltaic (PV) modules on themarket today, backed by one of the best warranties in the world. Located in Washington and Minnesota, SiliconEnergy’s sustainable approach to doing business offers customers a world-class, locally manufactured andenvironmentally-friendly solar PV product. The company’s philosophy of supporting the local and US economy andits commitment to creating long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing PV allows customers to be confident that while theyare reducing their carbon footprint they are also contributing to their local economy. Silicon Energy PV Systemsare available through select partners for home, commercial, government, and utility installations. For moreinformation about Silicon Energy, please visit or call (360) 618-6500 or (218)-789-1710.For Media InquiriesRevolution PR for Silicon Energy
  3. 3. Jennifer Karkar Ritchie, 206-354-8049, Jennifer@revolutionpr.comAaron Hilst, 206-355-3506,