United Solar Ovonic LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD) and manufacturer of thin film amorphous photovoltaics, has entered into a supply agreement with Sun Edison LLC to supply up to 17 MW of its UNI-SOLAR solar laminates in calendar year 2008.
Under the terms of the agreement, SunEdison will purchase a minimum of 5 MW and up to an additional 12 MW of UNI-SOLAR laminates for use on large-scale rooftop installations on industrial and commercial buildings principally in the U.S.
‘The flexibility and lightweight characteristics of United Solar's laminates enable SunEdison to supply solar services to a broader range of customers, especially to deploy solar on rooftops which often cannot support a heavier load,’ says Thomas Rainwater, CEO of SunEdison.
‘SunEdison is ideally positioned to leverage United Solar's unique thin film products to deliver solar energy to our customers. Our agreements with United Solar and others help us to meet the needs of our customers to reduce energy costs and carbon footprint by generating sustainable, clean solar power,’ he adds.
UNI-SOLAR laminates offer cost-effective solutions for roofing applications, United Solar says, because they are lightweight, durable, flexible, can be integrated directly with building materials, and generate more energy in real-world conditions.