SoloPower Receives IEC Certification Opening European Markets to Its Flexible CIGS Modules

Oct 18, 2010, 00:01 ET from SoloPower, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SoloPower, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of flexible, thin film solar cells and modules has become the first solar company to obtain certification to both IEC (61646 and 61730) standards and UL 1703 standards for flexible, thin film CIGS modules.  This pacesetting accomplishment enables SoloPower to sell flexible, lightweight CIGS modules in Europe in addition to North America.



"Achieving these certifications clearly puts us in a position to offer our global customers a better solution to many of the challenges they are facing," stated SoloPower CEO Tim Harris.  "We are now on a path to developing global market channels for this powerful, lightweight, low-cost product offering."

Mustafa Pinarbasi, SoloPower CTO, added, "Certification of our flexible modules against IEC and UL standards is a direct result of outstanding efforts by our team, demonstrating significant advances in our technology and products."

SoloPower's flexible CIGS module achieved IEC 61646 and IEC 61730 certifications through TUV SUD America, Inc.  Prior to that, SoloPower's flexible module received ETL Mark certification to the UL 1703 standard by Intertek.  These certification standards test product durability, safety, reliability, and performance.  

SoloPower modules offer an unmatched combination of power and cost effectiveness, packaged in a durable, lightweight, flexible form.  The company has obtained certification under IEC and UL standards for its initial module format, the SFX1 module (70Wp and 75Wp, 0.3m x 2.9m, 2.3kg / 5lbs.).  SoloPower's SFX1-i3 module (up to 260Wp, 0.88m x 3m, 6.8kg/15lbs.) is currently completing certification testing.  

About SoloPower

SoloPower, Inc. produces low-cost, high-power, flexible, thin film photovoltaic modules that offer a viable alternative to electricity produced using traditional fossil fuels.  SoloPower's modules employ its solar cell devices fabricated with copper indium gallium di-selenide (CIGS) materials using a proprietary roll-to-roll electrodeposition process.  The company is headquartered in San Jose, California.  For more information on SoloPower, please visit the company on the Internet at

About TUV SUD America Inc.

TUV SUD America Inc., a subsidiary of TUV SUD AG, is a business-to-business engineering services firm providing international safety testing and certification services. Founded in 1987, TUV SUD America has grown to more than 600 experts in over a dozen locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Operating under the brand names of Product Service, Management Service, Industry Service, Automotive and PetroChem, TUV SUD America has partnered with thousands of companies throughout the NAFTA region, assuring product and management systems excellence, and acceptance in the global marketplace.  Renewable Energy Test Center located in Fremont, California is TUV SUD America's partner for photovoltaic testing and certification under TUV SUD America's accreditation scope.  For more information on TUV SUD America Inc. and RETC, please visit, and

About Intertek

Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 26,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information on Intertek, visit

SOURCE SoloPower, Inc.