Westinghouse Solar Launches First Large Format Integrated AC Solar Panel

April 19, 2011 by Jeff Shepard

Westinghouse Solar, Inc. announced the release of their second-generation AC solar panel. This new panel will be available in the second quarter at a very attractive price point.

Westinghouse Solar’s new AC panel has been designed from the ground up to meet the needs of residential rooftop installers. Improving on the original patented design, the racking, wiring, grounding and inverter are built into a larger-format 235W panel, thereby delivering what the company describes as higher performance and lower installed cost.

In 2007, Westinghouse Solar pioneered the concept of integrating the racking, wiring and grounding directly into the solar panel. In 2009, the company again broke new ground with the first AC solar panel, reducing the number of parts for a rooftop solar installation by 80% and reducing labor by 50%. According to the company, this first ac panel has become the most widely installed ac solar panel. Westinghouse Solar’s second generation ac solar panel is based on a large format design, and includes a number of differentiating features that contribute to the panel’s reliability, performance and safety.

"Much like the Prius, innovations can take time to gain market acceptance before they become a standard among mainstream consumers," said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Westinghouse Solar. "Market data for AC solar panels clearly show rapid homeowner and installer acceptance. The performance, reliability and safety benefits of our AC solar panels are particularly appealing to the legions of new solar installers, especially electricians, HVAC contractors and home improvement companies. As ordinary solar panels become a commodity, our focus on delivering a product that dramatically lowers installation costs – while backed by a brand that consumers know and trust – sets us apart from the rest of the industry."

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