SolarWorld Produces 280-Watt, 60-Cell Sunmodule Solar Panels at Commercial Volume


SolarWorld announces it’s producing 280-watt-peak, 60-cell Sunmodule solar panels at unprecedented commercial volumes. This represents an important step along the company’s course toward manufacturing a 300-watt, 60-cell panel.

SolarWorld, which says it has been the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, has been the focus of concern this year since it filed a trade suit against Chinese panel manufacturers. At the same time, Americans are expressing their preference for American-made materials.

Whatever the effects of the trade wars, SolarWorld keeps producing. The company announced yesterday that it’s producing 280-watt-peak, 60-cell Sunmodule solar panels at unprecedented commercial volumes. SolarWorld says this represents an important step along its fast-escalating course toward manufacturing a 300-watt, 60-cell panel.


Volume production of American-made 280-watt modules stems from investments of tens of millions of dollars in technological and production innovations in the company’s Oregon factory.


“Today’s announcement is yet another example of how SolarWorld uses advanced technology and superior-quality materials to maximize power and efficiency in our panels,” said Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld, in the statement yesterday. “Our strength lies not just in our ability to innovate in the lab but also to translate those breakthroughs into commercial-scale production on the factory floor.”


Beginning in the second half of 2014, SolarWorld expects 280-watt solar panels to represent the majority of production at its U.S. manufacturing headquarters.


The 280-watt mono-crystalline Sunmodule taps advanced light-capture and energy-conversion technologies to achieve industry-leading power density in a 60-cell format. SolarWorld says the panel is about 10% more efficient than industry-standard 250-watt 60-cell panels, enabling installation savings of about 10 cents a watt in labor and balance-of-systems costs.


The company’s ability to reliably deliver high-efficiency, American-made solar products has resulted in supply agreements with many of the nation’s leading solar distributors and installers.


“In this technological world we live in, our customers place value on having access to the highest-performing solar panels on the market,” said Jim Allen, vice president of sales and communications for Future Energy Savers, a SolarWorld Platinum Installer based in Elk Grove, California. “We love that SolarWorld is always taking its product to the next level. That performance advantage, along with SolarWorld’s American manufacturing, is a powerful combination.”


The 280-watt Sunmodule solar panel comes with a 25-year linear performance guarantee and 10-year product workmanship warranty. The new solar panels feature high-efficiency cells, a versatile frame to accommodate both top-down and bottom-up mounting, eight possible grounding locations, and extended cable lengths for easier installation.