New Requirements for Sustainable Housing in UK Represent
Significant Market Opportunity for Solar Energy Systems
WUXI, China, June 15 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co.,
Ltd. (NYSE: STP), one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic
(PV) cells and modules, today announced the demonstration of its MSK Building
Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) system at the OffSite exhibition at the UK
Building Research Establishment. The installation is part of Kingspan Off-
Site's innovative "Lighthouse" net-zero carbon home, which is the first house
design to achieve the British government's Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6.
The "Lighthouse" was developed by Kingspan Off-Site in conjunction with
multiple partner companies and is the first house to co-generate sufficient
electrical power to meet the new sustainable home requirements. By 2016, all
new homes built in the UK will be required to be designed and constructed to
meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6. It is expected that 200,000 new
homes will be built annually in the UK by 2016.
"Suntech is very pleased to have collaborated with the Kingspan Off-site
team, Sheppard Robson architects and Arup consultants to create this high
performance solution," said Jerry Stokes, President of Suntech Europe.
"Visitors to Off-Site 2007 have been impressed with the excellent integration
of the Just Roof PV modules into the building design where the modules
function as both an electrical energy generator and the weatherproof roof of
the building. This solution offsets some of the building cost as well as
providing the annual power requirements for the house."
The project incorporated 57 MSK Just Roof BIPV modules, which replace
conventional roofing panels. MSK Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Suntech with over 20 years of experience in the BIPV space. MSK has completed
over 5,000 BIPV system installations in factory manufactured houses similar to
the "Lighthouse". The off-site manufacturing of the majority of building
components ensures that a new home can be assembled on-site extremely quickly
-- significantly reducing the time from building approval to finished
"Kingspan Off-Site is extremely proud to be the first company to have been
certified to the UK government Level 6 Code for Sustainable Homes," said
Gilbert McCarthy Managing Director of Kingspan Off-Site. "With the rapid
developments in solar PV technology, which offer improved performance and
lower cost, we expect to see tremendous opportunities to develop our business
with Suntech. MSK's Just Roof BIPV solar modules were a key component in our
gaining this prestigious certification."
Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO, commented on the BIPV
installation: "This project is an example of how modern building design and
solar energy systems can combine to create a sustainable, zero-carbon
solution. We are working with governments worldwide to encourage adoption of
this technology as one practical way to reduce carbon emissions."
About Kingspan Off-Site
Kingspan Off-Site is Europe's leading manufacturer and innovator of modern
methods of construction, providing high performance solutions to the private
and affordable housebuilding and commercial sectors, as well as the public
sector. The company uses the latest in off-site manufacturing techniques to
produce complete building systems for a broad range of applications at its UK
and European facilities.
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. is a leading solar energy company in the
world as measured by both production output and capacity of solar cells and
modules. Suntech provides solar solutions for a green future. Suntech
designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a variety of high quality, cost
effective and environmentally friendly PV cells and modules for electric power
applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and public utility
sectors. Suntech's majority-owned subsidiary, MSK Corporation is one of the
top-ranked companies in the building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) space.
Suntech's customers are located in various markets worldwide, including key
markets throughout Europe, North America, Japan and China. For more
information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .
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