REC Solar Panels A Top Performer In Independent Field Testing

Industry recognition of REC solar panels continues to grow, with a recent independent testing putting the modules ahead of 30 other leading brands.

The Photon Field Performance Test, conducted by leading international solar trade magazine Photon, measures the electricity output of solar panels over 12 months in real-world conditions.

Photon’s tests showed REC Peak Energy solar panels produced 6 percent more power on average than dozens of other products. The modules were ranked best in the test for five out of twelve months and second after a full year of testing.

REC solar panels are becoming a common sight on rooftops around Australia after national solar solutions provider Energy Matters became the first local company to supply the modules to the Australian home solar power system market last year.

The value and performance of the Peak Energy series saw Energy Matters experience high demand for the modules immediately after the launch in July 2010. In November 2010, the company entered into a 20MW purchase agreement with REC – one of the largest single solar panel supply agreements in Australian history.

The latest accolades for REC’s panels adds to a nomination for 2010’s coveted Intersolar Photovoltaics Award and outstanding results in another year-long performance ratio test carried out in 2009 by the respected Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.

REC Peak Energy Series solar panels offer impressive power output per square meter due to several design enhancements; including three bus bars and better contact between the cell and metal fingers. The smaller footprint of the panels compared to many other brands allows for more modules to be installed on a rooftop; maximising solar electricity harvesting.

The Peak Energy series also features an industry leading energy payback time of one year – with energy payback being the amount of time to recoup the amount of energy that has been expended in manufacturing the modules.

REC says it plans to produce 750 MW of solar modules this year, an increase of 50 percent compared to 2010.


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