Energy Conversion Devices and United Solar Introduce the UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt(TM) Solar Rooftop System

New Tilted Rack-Mount Solar Solution Offers Ease of Installation, Lower BOS Costs And Lowers LCOE for the Building Applied Photovoltaic (BAPV) market

Oct 27, 2009, 14:03 ET from Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (Nasdaq: ENER), the leading global manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building integrated and commercial rooftop markets, today introduced its new UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt(TM) Solar Roof system - the lightest rack-mounted solar system available today. UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt solar rooftop systems are manufactured for the Building Applied Photovoltaic (BAPV) market.

The new UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt product will be available in 136 or 144 watts per panel, and offers unique features and benefits to the rooftop solar buyer.

Lightweight and Durable

UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt is ideal for low-load bearing roofs, can be installed without costly structural roof reinforcements, is glass-free and encapsulated in UV-stabilized, weather-resistant polymers. It holds up against high-winds, hail, and impacts and comes with a 25-year limited power warranty.

Easy to Install with No Roof Penetrations

At less than two pounds per square foot, it is easy to handle. Attachment options facilitate installation to a variety of roofing materials. The UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt assembly is also easy to remove for re-roofing. The integrated mounting frame of the UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt installs without roofing penetrations.

Lower Levelized Cost of Electricity.

Best of all, UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt's lower balance of systems costs and optimized energy output result in lower LCOE.

Mark Morelli, President and CEO for Energy Conversion Devices said, "This new product is another in a long line of innovations from United Solar. UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt offers excellent real-world power output in a lightweight product that is suited for application on any existing rooftop. We have proven ability to manufacture such innovative products in scale to meet the demands of the marketplace, and we look forward to continuing to introduce new products and setting the standard for lightweight solar rooftop solutions."

The UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt rooftop solar system is the newest member of United Solar's PowerLine of products. The UNI-SOLAR PowerTilt is on display at 2009 Solar Power International at the Company's booth 1111, and will be available for purchase in January 2010.

About Energy Conversion Devices

Energy Conversion Devices is a leader in building integrated and rooftop photovoltaics. The company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to energy using proprietary technology. ECD's UNI-SOLAR® brand products are unique because of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and real-world efficiency. Through its Solar Integrated Technologies business, the company also designs, manufactures and installs rooftop photovoltaic systems which enable customers to transform unused space on the rooftop into a value-generating asset. For more information, please visit

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