New solar modules cut installation time by 50%
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As prices for solar panels continue to fall, installation costs represent a larger part of the overall cost for homeowners.
But a new line of easy-to-install solar modules eliminates the need for racking, which can reduce installation time by up to 50 percent.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., a large manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, introduced the its new line of easy-to-install Spice frame solar modules. JA Solar modules with Spice frames install faster than ordinary modules with fewer parts, saving rooftop installers time and money on every job, according to Wei Shan, Chief Technology Officer of JA Solar.
The Spice version of JA Solar modules utilize 60 cell laminates and a heavy-duty, extruded, aluminum frame. This special Spice frame is strong enough to allow the modules to be attached directly to the roof, eliminating racking. JA-Spice Solar modules snap together in rows and columns, can handle up to 72-inch attachment spans, and need only one grounding point for each array.
"We are delighted to offer JA Solar modules with Spice frames to residential installers in the U.S.," said Shan. "By eliminating rails and complicated fasteners, residential installers in the U.S. can dramatically reduce their parts and labor costs on every job. Installers only need to stock one system on their trucks that works on all residential roof types, both portrait and landscape orientations, and all typical wind and snow conditions in the U.S."
"An ordinary rack-mounted system requires over 300 individual parts and fasteners – with a Spice system only 50 parts are required. As a result, our residential solar installers have reduced their costs by $0.30/watt or more," said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Spice Solar. "Spice Solar systems also meet the latest U.S. safety requirements, including UL-1703, UL-2703 and Class A Fire Codes."
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