Solyndra gets deal to put solar panels on Southern California big box stores

Solyndra, makers of cylindrical thin film solar cells, this week signed a deal with Southern California Edison (SCE)  to install solar systems on the roofs of 18 big box retail stores and industrial buildings.  When complete in 2011, the photovoltaic solar arrrays will provide 16.2 megawatts of electricity for SCE.

It’s been a busy month for Solyndra, with not all the news being good.  Earlier this year, Solyndra announced plans for an Initial Public Offering (IPO), but then cancelled those plans in June.  And this week, Solyndra replaced its CEO, by bringing in former Intel exec Brian Harrison to replace founder Chris Gronet.  (Gronet is staying on as executive chairman.)

SCE has been pushing distributed local power generation through the use of small scale solar projects.   By utilizing existing space where electricity is used, you don’t need to build transmission lines to bring in the electricity from remote large scale solar farms.  Solyndra feels that their tubular solar cells are ideally suited for rooftops – even though their cost per watt is very high, their lightweight thin film solar panels can be installed on roofs that are not designed to support large amounts of additional weight.    These types of roofs are very often found on big box stores like Walmart.   Solyndra also says that their cylindrical modules allows wind to pass through (unlike the panels from competitors like Nanosolar), which eliminates the requirement for heavy brackets and weighting that’s needed for flat solar panels and greatly reduces installation costs.


2 thoughts on “Solyndra gets deal to put solar panels on Southern California big box stores

  1. dear sir

    i would like to put up a small scale manufacturning unit to produce solar cells in india…Am new to this field and i would like to do some business where i can save our environment, i will be thank full if u can assist me on this…Sorry if am messaging you from wrong page but i could not find your contact address

    Thanks & regards


  2. I see you too are interested in Solar cells and did send a messege at ” Solyndra gets deal to put solar panels on Southern California big box stores” I would like to know if u have recived any reply ,, Do u know of any other company makeing or supplying cylindrical solar cells? thanking you JOHN CHACKO

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