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Cupertino Electric builds solar evaluation laboratory, featuring 18 technologies, at CA headquarters

From:http://www.pv-tech.org/news/cupertino_electric_builds_solar_evaluation_laboratory_featuring_18_technolo Date:6/28/2012

Cupertino Electric advised that its San Jose, California, headquarters will soon sport a solar technology evaluation laboratory featuring 18 technologies installed in a construction site-type of environment. The lab will generate data on performance, price, installation technique, longevity and quality.

The laboratory will feature inverters, solar PV modules, distributed optimization technology and racking systems from leading industry manufacturers. The rooftop PV modules to be evaluated include polycrystalline, monocrystalline, thin-film, CdTI, CIGS and AC modules along with micro inverters and distributed optimization technologies. Additionally, the site will study different integrated, elevated and rail racking systems.

¡°This first solar technology evaluation laboratory from an Engineering/Procurement/Construction (EPC) perspective enables our customers to make highly-informed decisions regarding their solar projects,¡± said John Curcio, Cupertino Electric¡¯s chief commercial officer. ¡°While academic and research institutions have previously investigated how solar technology performs, only a company like Cupertino Electric understands how to integrate engineering and technology into what and how systems get built. Researching technologies based on how they perform relative to price and installation is important because we are able to quickly take the knowledge gained from the lab to improve upon the engineering and construction process in the field.¡±