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•      Find a Silicon Energy       representative at the       local Solar Washington       Like many small businesses, Si...
The Cascade Series is a unique                                • Custom Hardware: Options for                             p...
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Cascade SeriesPV Module and Installation Systemsee the differenceSilicon Energy’s mission is to manufacture quality PVsyst...
Electrical Characteris cs Measured at STC*                      SiE160        SiE165    SiE170         SiE175           Si...
Solar InverterMade in WashingtonSiE3840 and SiE5300Silicon Energy Solar Inverters are locallymanufactured, high efficiency...
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  1. 1.             • Washington receives more sunlight than Germany, the worlds leading solar market. • The often cooler weather we experience helps maximize solar performance, and the rain naturally cleans the modules. • Solar is an attractive investment NOW.  Federal and State incentives help offset the cost of your system.  A system increases the value of your real estate.  A system helps protect you from rising energy costs.  A system creates energy independence for you and your family. • Reliable and knowledgeable partners are available to help you design and install your system. They can also help source locally produced solar modules and inverters. Woodland Park Zoo Carousel - Seattle, WA. The 9.36 kW system helps offset the Zoo’s energy needs. Did you know you can effectively However, solar is gaining • Seattle, WA was named reduce your energy bill with solar, momentum in the community. a Solar America City in 2008. even in Washington? Some of the With the support and commitment • Approximately 1,800 primary challenges for widespread installations, totaling 7.5 of the State’s Legislature, local megawatts of solar have adoption of solar in Washington companies, utilities, and the been installed across State are lack of awareness that Washington State. community, solar is quickly becoming • PSE installed Wild Horse, solar does in fact work in a wet, the viable energy production option the largest locally maritime climate and that incentives manufactured PV system for local residents. If you’re ready to in November 2009 and financing are available to offset (53.3 kW). consider steps to offsetting your the upfront costs associated with • Poulsbo Middle School has energy bill, decreasing your carbon the largest locally investing in a photovoltaic manufactured community footprint, investing in your local solar PV system in the State (PV) system. (75 kW). Check out the real community, and increasing the value time energy the system is   of your home, consider adding a generating. PV system.   WA State Overview February 2012 silicon-energy.com
  2. 2.       Federal, State and Utility incentives help make solar a financially savvy energy source today. Available Solar Incentives¹ WA State Gain up to $5,000/year through 6/30/2020. Solar Incentive WA State Sales Take advantage of an approximate 75 to 100% sales tax exemption, depending on the Tax Exemption system size installed. Net Metering Participate in net metering where your electric meter runs backward, reducing your electric bill. WA State The DSIRE website features a comprehensive database of State renewable incentives. Utilities Incentive See URL below. Federal Incentive Take advantage of a 30% tax credit for systems placed in service before 12/31/2016. Washington State Solar Incentive Summary Table¹ The data below shows the amount of incentive generated per kilowatt likely produced by your system, based on your equipment type. You can see the dramatic comparison between installing an imported inverter and PV modules as compared to installing a locally made inverter and PV modules. Standard Community Imported Inverter Silicon Energy Imported Inverter Silicon Energy ($/kWh) Solar Inverter³ ($/kWh) Solar Inverter³ ($/kWh) ($/kWh) Imported PV Module $0.15 $0.18 $0.30 $0.36 Silicon Energy PV² $0.36 $0.54 $0.72 $1.08 DSIRE – Includes a list of Washington State incentives: silicon-energy.com silicon-energy.com/wastateincentives facebook.com/SiliconEnergy ¹ The above incentive information is provided as an overview of incentives that may be available to you. This information is not intended to provide tax, legal, or financial twitter.com/SiliconEnergy advice. Please consult with a CPA or a tax attorney to determine your eligibility and the impact on your specific financial situation. Silicon Energy, LLC ² The Silicon Energy Cascade PV Module & Installation System is manufactured in Washington and is recognized by the Washington State Department of Revenue as a 3506 124th Street NE Made-in-Washington PV module. Marysville, WA, 98271 (p) 360-618-6500 ³ The Silicon Energy Solar Inverter is recognized as manufactured in Washington State by the Washington State Department of Revenue. Silicon Energy MN, LLC 8787 Silicon Way Mountain Iron, MN 55768 Copyright 2012 Silicon Energy, LLC. All rights reserved. (p) 218-789-1710
  3. 3. • Find a Silicon Energy representative at the local Solar Washington Like many small businesses, Silicon Sourcing from the Local meetings. For a listing of upcoming meetings, visit: Energy started as a result of an Community solarwa.org unexpected opportunity. Prior to 2007, The Marysville, WA-based company solar module manufacturers did not sources product, services and talent in• Join us at an upcoming event! Visit our event exist in Washington State—Silicon its neighborhood whenever possible, web page for more details: silicon- Energy decided they would become adhering to a philosophy of supporting energy.com/index.php/ the first and offer their community a the local economy through site/events/ superior solar product. manufacturing, jobs, local suppliers and Since its start, Silicon Energy has been partnerships. The company follows pursuing the mission of bringing locally sustainable manufacturing practices, made PV modules to the State. The helping to minimize environmental company enables residential, impact on the community. In conjunction commercial and utility projects to be with local utilities, Silicon Energy has graced with its aesthetically unique been committed to helping make solar a modules, while delivering unmatched mainstream energy resource for the performance in energy harvest, greater community. Federal and State durability, safety, and longevity. incentives help offset the initial The Silicon Energy module has a 40+ investment required, resulting in an year usable life, while the industry attractive return on investment. average is approximately 25 years. Silicon Energy welcomes visitors, This extended usability not only opening its showroom to the community, enables increased energy harvest, it allowing you to see and experience its increases and extends the financial story and unique products. We return on a system. encourage you to stop by to see for Silicon Energy started production in yourself the Silicon Energy difference facebook.com/SiliconEnergy 2009 and continues to grow, enabling and personally meet a small, local twitter.com/SiliconEnergy more and more customers to benefit business who is making a big difference Silicon Energy, LLC from a locally made module. in your community. 3506 124th Street NE Marysville, WA, 98271 (p) 360-618-6500 Silicon Energy MN, LLC 8787 Silicon Way Mountain Iron, MN 55768 (p) 218-789-1710 Copyright 2012 Silicon Energy, LLC. All rights reserved. WA Information Sheet February 2012
  4. 4. The Cascade Series is a unique • Custom Hardware: Options for photovoltaic (PV) module designed with custom mounting hardware an extended lifespan and maximum colors are available (architectural durability and safety in mind. The bronze is standard). ‘glass-on-glass’ architecture is also • Increased Safety: Module wiring is aesthetically different from other completely sealed and inaccessible, modules on the market, creating the removing electrical shock hazards. opportunity for untraditional module applications such as carports and • Utility Grade Product: The building awnings. When you opt for product is utility-grade and is much Silicon Energy modules, you are more durable than standard choosing a long-lasting, unique product residential products. from a local partner. • Theft Resistant: The mounting Features system helps deter theft. • Unmatched Lifespan and • Class-A Fire Rating: Silicon Energy Durability: With a 40+ year usable modules have the highest fire life, and negligible performance safety rating. degradation, our modules easily • Squirrel & Rodent Proof: Enclosed prove their durability against the wiring prevents squirrels and industry standard of 25 years. rodents from damaging wiring The extended module life after installation. maximizes energy production and return on investment. Adhering to a sustainable • Shedding: The Cascade design is philosophy and delivering the frameless to allow snow, water, ice highest quality modules and other debris to “cascade” off the Sustainable and locally made! Silicon module, enabling them to function Energy is committed to doing business even in extreme weather conditions, in a sustainable way, making eachfacebook.com/SiliconEnergy and providing greater energy harvest. decision with conscientious thought. Silicon Energy works with local partnerstwitter.com/SiliconEnergy • Functional Beauty: Glass-on-glass whenever possible, finds local talent, module construction allows light toSilicon Energy, LLC and has a clean manufacturing pass between cells, making the3506 124th Street NE facility and processes designed to modules usable not only on your roof,Marysville, WA, 98271 minimize impact to our community. but also in non-traditional places,(p) 360-618-6500 The environmental consideration in such as a patio covers, awnings, production, and the durability of this walkway covers, and carports.Silicon Energy MN, LLC product helps make your decision the Increased airflow behind the modules8787 Silicon Way most sustainable one.Mountain Iron, MN 55768 increases performance.(p) 218-789-1710 Copyright 2012 Silicon Energy, LLC. All rights reserved. Product Overview February 2012
  5. 5.      3506 124th St. NE PO Box 376Marysville, WA 98271 silicon-energy.com 8787 Silicon Way360-618-6500 Mt. Iron, MN SiE-Residential (rev02292012) 218-789-1710
  6. 6.            Standard PV Module         Actual Photo  Electroluminescence Image  Thermal Image  Standard glass/plastic modules showed unequal power levels, hot spotting and dead zones. Images show modules after enduring 18 years (simulated) of NREL test-to-failure protocol testing. Silicon Energy Cascade PV Module Actual Photo  Electroluminescence Image  Thermal Image  Silicon Energy modules demonstrated stable performance and safety by being the most durable module in NREL’s advanced life cycle testing. Testing to 80 years (simulated) was conducted on Silicon Energy’s module with no measureable performance loss. Images from NREL “Test-To-Failure of Crystalline Silicon Modules” test report available at http://www.nrel.gov/docs/ fy11osti/47755.pdf . Silicon Energy Cascade PV modules and Standard PV modules were subjected to the same testing. NREL is an independent testing laboratory that does not endorse commercial products. 3506 124th St. NE PO Box 376 Marysville, WA 98271 silicon-energy.com 8787 Silicon Way 360-618-6500 Mt. Iron, MN SiE-NREL (rev02292012) 218-789-1710
  7. 7. Cascade SeriesPV Module and Installation Systemsee the differenceSilicon Energy’s mission is to manufacture quality PVsystems specifically for the US market that advancedurability, longevity of performance and aesthetics.The Cascade Series PV Module and Installation Systemhas some unique features that differentiate it fromother PV systems presently on the market.PV Module Features: High efficiency crystalline silicon cells Strong and durable Double-glass module construction allows light to pass between cells Six bypass diodes per module provide improved performance in partial shading Highest fire rating - Class A 30-year limited power warranty, 5-year materials and workmanshipInstallation Systems Features: Cascade design allows water, snow and ice to easily flow off Increased air flow behind modules increases performance Mounting system conceals and protects wires for a clean wireless look Squirrel proof Installs on standard 4-foot centers - specifically designed for the US market Aesthetically pleasing modern appearance Customer colors available (architectural bronze standard) Made in USA Washington * Minnesota
  8. 8. Electrical Characteris cs Measured at STC* SiE160 SiE165 SiE170 SiE175 SiE180 SiE185 SiE190 SiE195 SiE200Rated Power (Pmax) Wa s  160  165  170  175  180  185  190  195  200 Maximum Power Voltage (Vmp)  24.7 24.8 24.8 24.9 25.0 25.1 25.3 25.5 25.6Maximum Power Current (Imp)  6.5 6.7 6.9 7.0 7.2 7.4 7.5 7.7 7.8Open Circuit Voltage (Voc)  29.9 30.0 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.5 30.5 30.6Short Circuit Current (Isc)  7.6 7.7 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.9 7.9 8.2 8.4Maximum System Voltage (VDC)              600             Series Fuse Ra ng Amps (Amps‐DC)              15             Temperature Coefficients  Pmax: ‐0.566%/°C                        Voc: ‐0.389%/°C                          Isc: 0.109%/°C * Standard Test Condi ons (STC) at 1000w/m², AM 1.5 spectrum, 77°F/25°C cell temp. 3 3/4 2 1/2 48 CL (−) (−) 12 13/16 1/4-20 Mounting Studs 46 4 per Module 24 1/4-20 Module 46 1/8 Ground Studs 47 1/2 Module Width 2 per Module 3/4 in. Knockout 21 3/4 (+) (+) (+) (+) 1/4 in. Module Overlap Powder Coated Aluminum 1/2 in. Knockouts Mounting Foot (Protects Wire) 24 Fastener Slots 45 3/4 3/8 x 1 1/4 Module Connectors Tyco SolarLok 14AWG Solar Wire 10-32 Ground Stud 10 9/16 (−) (−) 51 5/8 3 3/4 48 CL 48 CL 1 7/8 in. Base of Mounting Foot *Not to Scale, Units in Inches Complies to UL1703, specifications subject to change without notice.Mechanical Specifica ons and Ra ngsWeight (module + mounts) 58 lbs. (~65 lbs. / ~4.1 lbs./ ²)  Front: 0.125 in. high transmissivity tempered glass                      Cells 49 crystalline silicon cells wired in series (7 x 7)  Construc on Back: 0.125 in. tempered glass                                                         Diodes 6 bypass diodes per module  Encapsulant: Advanced Encapsulant  Moun ng Foot 0.125 in. powder coated aluminum alloy 5052 H32  0.09 in. aluminum alloy 5052 H32                                                                                  Frame 1/4‐20 stainless steel studs with flange nuts  Slope of Module 1.85° (minimum moun ng surface angle 5°) Temperature Range ‐40 to 194°F (‐40 to 90°C)  Fire Ra ng Class A Design Load 125 psf  Connectors (Wire) Tyco SOLARLOK (14 AWG Solar Wire, Length ~32 in.)  Silicon Energy MN, LLC  Silicon Energy, LLC   PO Box: 376   3506 124th Street NE  8787 Silicon Way  Marysville, WA 98271 USA  Mt. Iron, MN 55768 USA  Tel: 360‐618‐6500 ● Fax: 360‐618‐6501  Tel: 218‐789‐1710 ● Fax: 218‐789-1021  www.silicon‐energy.com   V8.3 (Rev 021412)
  9. 9. Solar InverterMade in WashingtonSiE3840 and SiE5300Silicon Energy Solar Inverters are locallymanufactured, high efficiency, battery-less gridinteractive devices that are built to last.Inverters convert the DC power from solarmodules into AC power for use in bothresidential and commercial applicationsallowing you to feed excess electricity back tothe utility grid. Features: • High Efficiency Performance: Silicon Energy Inverters have some of the highest conversion efficiencies in their class at 96.7% (96% CEC). • Operating Range Flexibility: The MPP tracking solar input voltage ranges from 200 to 550VDC with outputs of 208VAC for commercial or 240VAC for residential applications. • Integrated AC/DC Disconnect: A lockable rotary AC/DC switch eliminates the need for an external disconnect reducing installation time and material costs. • Ease of serviceability: In the highly unlikely event the inverter needs servicing, the independently sealed inverter enclosure is detached while the wiring box remains on the wall. • LCD display: The system performance is easily monitored on the front of the unit. • Ground Fault Detection Interruption: GFDI fuse is easily replaced without removing the inverter covers. • Fire Safety - Fused Inputs: Four fused solar inputs accessed inside the wiring box help to protect the inverter and wiring. • Safe Operation: Complies with US safety standards (UL1741/IEEE1547) with a powder coated aluminum indoor/outdoor NEMA 3R enclosure. • Built-in Communications: RS-232 and RS-485 communications interface. • Made in Washington: Recognized as Made in Washington and qualifies for the solar production inventive. • Reliable: Years of proven reliability in domestic and international markets backed by a 10 year warranty. www.silicon-energy.com V1(Rev021512)
  10. 10. ModelsNegative Ground Inverters SiE3840 SiE5300Output Data (AC)Output* 240 V 208 V 240 V 208 VGrid Voltage, Operating Range** 211 ~ 264V AC 183 ~ 228V AC 211 ~ 264V AC 183 ~ 228V ACGrid Frequency, Nominal 60 HzGrid Frequency, Operating Range** 59.3 ~ 60.5 HzMaximum Output Power 3840 W 3300 W 5300W 4600 WMaximum Output Current 16 A 22.1 AOutput Over-Current Protection 20 A 30 AMaximum Output Fault Current 20 A 25 AStartup Current <2AMaximum Grid Backfeed Current 0AWaveform True SinePower Factor > 0.99Total Harmonic Distortion < 3%DC Component < 0.5%Phase Split Phase or Single Phase 240Input Data (DC)Input Voltage Range 200 ~ 550 V DCMaximum Input Voltage 600 V DCPV Start Voltage* 235 V DCMaximum Input Current 20 A 25 AMaximum Input Short Circuit Current 24 A 30 ANumber of Fused String Inputs 4EfficiencyMaximum Efficiency 96.7% 96.5% 96.4% 96.2%CEC Efficiency 96.0% 95.5% 96.0% 95.5%Night-time Tare Loss 0.5WEnvironmentOperating Temperature Range -13 ~ +131°F(-25 ~ +55°C )Storage Temperature Range -13 ~ +131°F (-25 ~ +55°C)Maximum Full Power Operating Temperature without 131°F (55°C) 127.4°F (53°C)DeratingRelative Humidity Maximum 95%MechanicalOutdoor Enclosure NEMA 3R, RainproofCooling Controlled Forced VentilationInput and Output Terminals Accepts wire size of 12 to 6 AWG (4 to 16 mm2)Inverter Weight 50.7 lb (23 kg) 61.7 lb (28 kg)Shipping Weight 59.5 lb (27 kg) 70.5 lb (32 kg)Dimensions (HxWxD) 28.8 x 17.9 x 6.9" (732 x 454 x 175 mm) 28.8 x 17.9 x 8.3" (732 x 454 x 210 mm)Shipping Dimensions (HxWxD) 33.1 x 21.3 x 10.8" (840 x 540 x 275 mm) 33.1 x 21.6 x 12" (840 x 548 x 305 mm)FeaturesCommunications RS232 and RS485Display LED/LCDCertifications UL1741, FCC part 15B, IEEE 1547, IEEE C62.41.2, IEEE C37.90.1Warranty 10 Years*Output settings (240 V or 208 V) are unique and made at the factory prior to shipment. **Factory Settings can be adjusted with the approval of the utility. Thisunit is provided with adjustable trip limits and may be aggregated above 30kW on a single Point of Common Coupling. 3506 124th Street NW PO Box 376 Marysville, WA 98271 8787 Silicon Way Office: 360-618-6500 Mt. Iron, MN 55768 Fax: 360-618-6501 Office: (218) 789-1710 Fax: (218) 789-1021 Specifications subject to change without notice. www.silicon-energy.com V1(Rev021512)