To all Resellers and Installers
We have recently developed new marketing literature for the new 2003 release Solar Tile. We again had a very large response to recent publicity of
the solar tile from both the building and architectural design industries
in Australia via stories in two top ranking publications APN and also BPN, Architectural- and Building- Product News.
We are running another advertisement in the Environ supplement of Building
Product News in April. We respond directly to the inquiries this advertising
generates regardless of where in Australia they originate, however you
will see we have nominated some companies as a contacts for interstate
and regional inquirers on our brochures. If you would like to be more
actively involved just let us know.
A completely new 2003 product
We now have a completely new 2003 product in the Solar Tile that has been tested by both the CSIRO and BHP-Lysaght
to recognised Australian roofing standards. At BHP we attained a 2.3 kPa
wind pressure before failure which is roughly a 233 Km/hr wind speed.
A Cyclonic cyclic test was also passed. We believe ours is now the only
such product available that has been tested this thoroughly in Australia,
and we believe it is the only fully Australian designed and developed
system for true in roof BiPV. We also have tested a built-in ventilation
bottom edge flashing and demonstrated the PV Thermal system in a new dwelling
in Sydney's Surry Hills.
Our new tile has improved on cost by smarter fabrication
and assembly methods so you can now expect a 75 to 85 Wp tile to cost
around $30 per frame and a 140 to 185 Wp tile to cost around $50 per frame.
There is virtually no limitation on the range of PV laminates that can
be used - that is up to you. We are now using BP Solar and Sharp PV laminates
in our tile frames.
Lobbying for support from federal and state programs to assist larger
scale housing development projects to include PV has been done by many
including the BCSE, SEDA and us and to the AGO PVRP program rules. We
believe energy retailers could easily become more active in promotion
of PV as a solution that earns them RECs, saves on CO2 emissions, peak
loads on grids and so on. Progress! Sydney, Strathfield Council has mandated "renewable energy"
(read PV) inclusions on all new Multi-Unit Developments. More local governments may follow this lead and SEDA is working a draft
DCP for such purposes. Virginia Judge, Mayor of Strathfield is running for NSW State Parliament,
- she was the longhaired blonde lady Bob Carr kissed before his campaign
launch speech yesterday! Virginia is a committed green leader, and should
be an effective voice in the new Govt...
Overseas leadership examples
In the USA, leading solar active electricity utility SMUD in Sacramento California have announced a demonstration project
to combine in roof PV with a raft of local and US new home building
companies. The builders specifically asked for in roof PV and not for on roof PV solutions.
We have already made one demonstration of the new tile overseas, last
July in North Germany with the help of BP Solar in Hamburg. We have a
contact with Evergreen Solar in Massachusetts, USA who are producing the
'String Ribbon' Polycrystalline cell that uses some 60% less silicon than
sawn wafers and less energy to be produced. It is a more environmentally
friendly, high efficient solar cell process and it works now. 8 kWp of
Evergreen Solar modules are installed on the White House in Washington.
More product support
In the meantime please see our web site www.pvsolar.com.au.
Some of this material is being used in the preparation of installation
and training manuals for the Solar Tile with the help of Andreas Quiring,
a German intern working with us as a student of Mechatronics from Kiel
Our offer to you
If you have a new project where the client wants a first class PV in-roof
system, then we will help you with your first project, both in terms of a
fair price and assistance to do the project properly and train your
installers. Please let us know what else you think we could do to assist you
to get more PV projects installed by using Australian innovations. PS. Be wary of any untested BiPV imports that may be offered to you by any one
without local test reports to prove what it can do!
PV Solar is forming a new alliance with AGC Roof Maintenance in Sydney. A new business entity S.U.N! Solar Utilities Network has been formed for this purpose. PV FASTROOF© is one of the new projects.
Peter Erling - Managing Director, PV Solar Energy
Last Updated: Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 11:10 a.m. Pacific Time