SAN JOSE, Calif.
April 3, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a global solar energy and technology provider, today introduced its SunPower X-Series Solar Panels (X-Series), a new product line for the residential market that offers an unprecedented 21.5 percent efficiency. The X-Series delivers more energy, higher reliability and superior aesthetics than conventional solar panels. The new world-record efficiency of this product line has received third-party validation by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The X-Series is made with SunPower's third-generation Maxeon® solar cells which are built on a solid copper foundation for high reliability and performance. This foundation makes them virtually impervious to the corrosion and cracking that typically degrade conventional panels. As a result, SunPower solar panels are backed by the industry's first combined 25-year product and power warranty.
"Our research and development teams have been working diligently to surpass the high performance standards set by our SunPower E-Series Solar Panels that are built with our second-generation solar cells. Today, we are proud to announce the world-record efficiency X-Series product line," said SunPower CEO
. "SunPower has set the bar once again, as we continue to beat our own efficiency records, while delivering the most reliable solar technology on the market."
The X-Series delivers approximately eight to 10 percent more energy per rated watt when compared with conventional solar panels. Features include:
- High energy output with no light induced degradation
- Better low-light and spectral response, generating electricity earlier in the morning and longer in the evening
- Low temperature coefficient, allowing for more electricity generation on hot rooftops
The X-Series surpasses the performance of the SunPower E-Series Solar Panels, which placed first, second and third in the 2012 testing conducted by third-party Photon International Magazine for its annual field performance test. The additional energy generated, along with the high efficiency and reliability delivered by the X-Series, results in approximately 75 percent more energy production over the first 25 years, when compared to a conventional solar system covering the same sized roof.