Westinghouse Solar Announces Innovative New Flat Roof Solar Power System
CAMPBELL, Calif. - Westinghouse Solar, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of solar power systems, announced the release of a new lightweight, non-penetrating flat roof solar power system designed especially for commercial rooftop projects.
Continuing on its path of innovation, Westinghouse Solar has combined its new 235 watt high efficiency solar panel with a new lightweight, aluminum and stainless steel flat roof mounting system with two very important benefits to commercial building owners and installers.
First, the system is non-penetrating (no holes in the roof), thereby reducing the possibility of roof leaks and preserving roof warranties. Second, the system has been aerodynamically designed with extensive wind tunnel testing to resist high winds, thereby minimizing the ballast weight necessary for the system. This innovation delivers the industry’s lightest fully integrated rooftop system with a total weight of 2.7 pounds per square foot – making the Westinghouse system suitable for virtually all commercial rooftops.
Pre-engineered at a five-degree angle to maximize energy production, the elegant design ships flat for cost-effective shipping and ease of staging, and eliminates the need for panel-to-panel wiring and grounding resulting in a low cost system that is much less expensive to install than comparable systems.
“By integrating the racking, wiring and grounding into the panel itself, the Westinghouse Solar commercial flat roof system is easier and faster to install than other rooftop systems,” said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Westinghouse Solar. “As the cost of solar panels continues to decline, labor is becoming a larger component of the overall PV project cost. Westinghouse Solar is driving down the capital expense associated with commercial solar deployment by dramatically reducing rooftop installation materials and labor costs.”
The Westinghouse Solar Flat Roof Solar Power System is available for order in the U.S. immediately, with availability in Europe and Asia during the third quarter of 2011.