Global Solar Stick-On Solar Panels offer More Bang for the Buck
In response to the laborious installation of standard solar panel arrays, which require sturdy rack systems to hold the heavy panels - rack systems that require drilling holes and attaching heavy bolts or guy wires - Global Solar has introduced a line of thin-film, flexible, stick-on solar panels. Designed for buildings with flat roofs, the Global Solar stick-on solar panels are made of thin-film PV Copper Indium Gallium DiSelenide (CIGS). The stick-on solar panels are essentially 19 feet-long, 1.5 feet wide strips that are lighter and don’t need rack systems.
Because the stick-on solar panels can be installed close together, they cover more roof area. This means that the stick-on panels can generate more power per square foot of roof area. Since the cost of installation is no more than standard racked solar panels, the Global Solar stick-on solar panels could potentially offer more “bang for the buck.”
Currently, Global Solar markets their CIGS stick-on solar panel technology to solar panel manufacturers. With its new 75 megawatts of production capacity, though, Global Solar will be manufacturing its own products for building PV systems. The company hopes to have their stick-on solar panels certified by the end of the year, and to go into production in early 2011.