John Paul was in a different European country every day last week. Exhilarating, but probably exhausting.
On one of these days, he was in France meeting with SolarQuest, who we are partnering with on a medium-scale demo site in their home city, Aix-en-Provence. The regional newspaper La Provence wrote about the visit in this article, which gives an overview of the relationship between both early-stage companies. The article resolution isn’t great – apologies – but essentially, SolarQuest specializes in project development, we’ll supply Sun Simbas for a demo site, and we hope to grow the relationship beyond this.
It’s a fairly obvious point, but partnerships like this are key when trying to enter new markets – the business development, sales, commissioning, service and support resources and know-how can quickly become overwhelming. Regional partners that have these core competencies can be valuable tools for any solar energy start-up looking to expand.
A shorter write up from La Provence is available online, in better res, here: Morgan Solar: l’ami Canadien du SolarQuest.
I have to admit though, beyond knowing that the DNI is decent (5.7 kWh/ sq. m in the South), and that the government just put a 4-month moratorium on some solar projects while it drafts new FIT regulations, I don’t know a whole lot about the CPV or PV market in the country. Anything exciting going on that you know about?
This just in from the Photon Newsletter (Feb. 24, 2011): The French Government introduced a 500MW annual cap for photovoltaic installations and a 20% reduction of the feed-in-tariffs
(The Feb .22 Press Release from the French Government is here).
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Last week, our third test site in Ontario went up. Six Sun Simba panels. I really wish I could say where, but we can’t yet. Keep posted.
View of Generation Two Sun Simba solar panels on a parking garage roof in winter.
For now, you can see it’s mounted on a commercially-available tracking system and supported by a particularly strong parking garage roof; this isn’t the Sun Simba Rooftop.
To recap, our first test site is just outside of our facility here at 30 Ordnance St. Actually, we recently installed the same tracker at Ordnance as above, and I haven’t yet posted photos to the blog (It looked like this before). Here’s one (just set up & pre-tracking) I really like:
For those who follow us on Twitter, I had posted a link to the above photo there before. Yes, we were highly skeptical of tweeting before, but so far have found it’s pretty useful for finding out about industry info, policy changes, or funding opportunities like this one quickly, and for meeting some pretty interesting, active people, beyond the solar industry – which is also good.
Details of the second test site were posted here. That one also didn’t have location information. Again, can’t wait til we can share lots more data – not only location, but performance too.
After testing the panels at our office the day before, our engineers successfully installed the Simbas at the external test site on Friday (August 6). There was some holding of breath, particularly when the panels were hoisted mid-air by the crane (see below) and then fitted into the pole-mount. Overall, however, the install went smoothly.
This is the start of a major push on our test and demo sites – quite soon we’ll have much more expansive systems in place.
*Some have asked if we can say where this test site is. Unfortunately at this time we can’t give the exact location due to protection of our IP. However, we can say that the site is in Ontario.
Today we were testing Sun Simba panels that will be installed tomorrow at an external test site. Below are 3 photos showing one of the panels (fresh off the assembly line) being installed on the tracker. For the 4th photo, it took some effort but we managed to get everyone together for a staff shot.
We’ll post more photos from the day, and from the test site once it’s up and running, on our Flickr stream.