REC solar modules have trumped their competition in the first 6 months of a year long study by trade magazine, Photon.
The REC solar panels have generated more electricity than 46 other modules participating in the latest test, producing 6 percent more power on average from January to June.
The Photon Field Performance Test operates under real world conditions and measures how much electricity a module generates during a year. Three modules from each supplier are tested in an outdoors location in Germany.
“We are excited that REC solar modules continue to outperform other leading brands giving solar customers the confidence they require when choosing a module supplier”, said Luc Graré, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Cells and Modules, REC Solar.
REC solar panels started becoming a common sight on rooftops across Australia after national solar solutions provider Energy Matters became the first Australian company to offer the modules as an option for the local home solar power market in 2010.
Demand for REC’s Peak Energy Series panels quickly grew, leading to Energy Matters entering into a 20MW purchase agreement with REC last year, which at the time was one of the largest single solar panel supply agreements in Australian history. Energy Matters is one of the few REC Platinum Partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
REC has consistently ranked among the top producers in the Photon Field Performance Test and the company’s Peak Energy modules have received other award and recognition, including a nomination for 2010’s prestigious Intersolar Photovoltaics Award and topping a performance ratio test in 2009 carried out by the respected Fraunhofer Institute in Germany
REC Solar panels incorporate three bus bars and enhanced contact between the cell and metal fingers, increasing the flow of electricity. Special glass etching and anti-reflective coating improves the power output of the Peak Energy Series in all light conditions. From an environmental perspective, the panels offer an industry leading “energy payback” time of one year; i.e, the amount of time it takes for a panel to “repay” the amount of energy that went into its construction.