More than 31,000 REC Peak Energy Series solar panels are now cranking clean electricity at a solar farm in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.
The Mayor of Vogtsburg, where the installation is located, officially opened the 7.8 MW installation on February 22, 2013.
Covering an area of 14 hectares, the solar farm is producing enough electricity for around 2,245 households – approximately 70% of the entire electricity consumption of the town.
REC solar panels have become a common sight on Australian residential rooftops and are also popular in commercial solar installations. A 29.6kW REC-based solar array was recently completed by Energy Matters for Ullrich Aluminium; the second REC system Ullrich has acquired. That system has already exceeded expectations; generating $3,737 in energy savings for the company its first two and a half months of operation and is predicted to pay for itself in around 4 years.
In other recent news from REC, the company has announced REC Peak Energy Series solar panels will be produced with a new junction box, using Multi-Contact MC4 original connectors and has discontinued production of panels with Radox twist-lock connectors. MC4 has become the most commonly used connector on the market.
REC recently also announced its panels had passed a PID torture test with flying colours. The potential-induced degradation (PID) resistance test subjected the modules to a negative voltage of 1,000 volts in an ambient temperature of 60°C and a relative humidity of 85% for 96 hours.
Additionally, and important information for Australian solar buyers, REC panels are also compliant with upcoming fire ratings. From July 16 this year, all makes and models of solar panels installed in Australia will need to have passed a new fire safety test.
REC (Renewable Energy Corporation ASA) was established in 1996. Its 2,300 employees globally generated revenues of more than NOK 7 billion in 2012, approximately EUR 1 billion or USD 1.3 billion.