We have installed a solar photovoltaic array on the roof of our building. Because our requirements included a solar array capable of utilizing our roof’s white surface, as well as an installation that required very few roof penetrations, we selected a unique, cylindrically designed solar panel from a company called Solyndra (yes, the Solyndra that you’ve heard about in the news).
The product performs wonderfully. This unique design captures sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface, which generates power more efficiently because it captures direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight. The design also works better in inclement weather conditions involving snow, dust and wind.
Our array is comprised of 900 panels, with each panel containing 40 cylindrical modules. The array produces 163 kilowatts of power, providing about 20 percent our total electricity needs.