REC Beefs Up Solar Panel Warranty, Wins 2011 Solar Industry Award

It’s been a big week so far for REC, makers of the REC Peak Energy Series solar panel range. Yesterday we reported the company’s modules were leading the pack in the latest Photon Field Performance Test and today the company announced it has won the 2011 Solar Industry Award again, plus is greatly extending the warranty period on its modules.

Each REC solar panel is now guaranteed to provide at least 97 percent effective output during the first year of operation and provide a minimum performance level of 80.2 percent by the end of the 25th year of operation. The material and workmanship warranty has also been nearly doubled from 63 months to 10 full years. The new warranty arrangements applies to modules sold as of the beginning of September.

“We stand behind our new warranty thanks to the high quality of our products and control of the complete solar value chain. We are committed to offering customers high performance solar modules with a long-term value”, said Luc Graré, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Cells and Modules at the company.

The news was welcomed by Australian solar solutions provider Energy Matters, a REC Platinum Partner and one of the only providers to achieve this status in the Asia-Pacific region. Energy Matters was the first company in Australia to offer REC solar panels as an option for residential rooftop arrays; which are available in the company’s Performance range of solar power systems.

REC Peak Energy Series solar panels proved so popular for home solar power installations, Energy Matters entered into a 20MW solar module purchase agreement with REC in November 2010 – the largest single solar panel purchase agreement in Australia’s history at that point in time.

REC also announced earlier today it is the winner of the 2011 Solar Industry Award for Silicon Innovation for its proprietary Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) Process. The technology enabled REC to be the first manufacturer of solar PV modules with a one year energy payback time. This is the second year in a row REC has been given the award, which is issued by Solar Industry Magazine.