Beamreach Solar, a California-based PV manufacturer that just changed its name from Solexel, has introduced a new lightweight solar panel designed for flat commercial roofs. The company claims the new product, called Sprint, can be installed on nearly all commercial roofs that cannot currently support heavy conventional solar systems.
Featuring maximum power capacities ranging from 290 W to 320 W, Sprint also integrates racking into the panel, enabling a faster install process that requires no tools and no grounding. Beamreach Solar says this allows Sprint panels to be installed up to five times faster than conventional panels and racking systems.
The company claims Sprint’s design also reduces the distance required between panel rows, enabling up to 30% more panels to be installed on a roof and increasing the solar system’s overall energy output. Sprint panels have been tested to support test loads up to 5,400 Pascals (Pa) and withstand wind speeds of 115 MPH. Sprint also comes with a 25-year linear output warranty and 10-year product warranty.
“Sprint opens up new opportunities by overcoming weight restrictions, low power capacity, high labor costs and other obstacles that have prevented the global commercial rooftop solar market from realizing its full potential,” says Mark Kerstens, the newly appointed CEO of Beamreach Solar. “Sprint expands the commercial solar market for installers, developers and roofers by allowing them to sell solar to commercial customers whose roofs previously could not support conventional solar systems and by helping them make solar more economically attractive to customers who previously were not interested in solar power.”