Integrated System and Groundbreaking Warranty Save Upfront Costs and Boost System Profitability
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co.,
Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world's leading manufacturer of crystalline silicon
photovoltaic (PV) modules, today announced Reliathon(TM), an industry-first
integrated solar platform combining product and business-term innovations to
lower costs and accelerate the path to grid parity with the development of
utility-scale solar plants. Reliathon reduces total system costs as much as
10% and offers increases in revenue potential, with 13.8% more power warranted
over the lifetime of the system.
Replacing the industry's current 'patchwork' approach to designing large-
scale systems, Reliathon combines Suntech module innovations, a new utility-
grade warranty for the Suntech module, as well as pre-agreed preferential
pricing and business terms with industry-leading inverter and tracking
companies Advanced Energy, Array Technologies, Satcon, Siemens Industry and
Developed with specific customer feedback gathered from dozens of utility
industry experts, Suntech developed Reliathon to combine product and business
term innovations including:
-- Product innovations:
- The new Suntech Reliathon 270-watt module includes self-aligning
panels, integrated grounding, and wire management, as well as a
new "Two-in-One" design, with two 36-cell regions featuring
independent circuits that can create better output on fixed tilt
systems in early morning and late afternoon. All module
innovations result in far less labor time needed to install
Reliathon systems as well as significant reductions in material
- Array Technologies' DuraTrack(TM) system was designed specifically
for Suntech Reliathon, and makes use of two motors per MW AC
versus the typical four motors per MW, further reducing the
material costs of the system.
- The new Suntech Reliathon ground mount system perfectly matches
Reliathon modules to deliver fixed tilt solutions at lower cost
and greater profitability.
-- Utility-grade Reliathon module warranty: The Reliathon module
includes a 25-year utility-grade warranty offering an
industry-leading 12-year limited product warranty (extended from 5
years) and a 25-year peak power performance warranty now based on
annual degradation instead of 12 and 25-year step-downs. The new
annual peak power performance warranty provides Reliathon module
buyers with 13.8% more warranted power over 25 years. Overall, the
new terms warrant an industry-leading 85% power output level at 25
-- Preferential pricing from industry-leading partners: Power plant
customers purchasing a Reliathon system will have access to
customized Reliathon partner products at preferred pricing and
pre-negotiated business terms offered by Advanced Energy, Array
Technologies, Satcon, Siemens Industry and SMA, providing greater
value over whole system purchase.
"To make the promising utility scale pipeline a reality, innovation and
simplicity have to be driven into every level of the solar value chain --
especially installation, an area that offers huge opportunities for reduction
of Balance of Plant costs," said Steven Chan, Chief Strategy Officer, Suntech.
"Reliathon gives our customers exactly what they have requested: greater power
output at lower cost, combined with a simplified development process."
With Reliathon, Engineering, Procurement and Construction companies,
utilities and project developers have a straightforward path for vendor
selection as they design their large-scale systems. Customers can select a
variety of Reliathon components from the selected Suntech partners, each
offering particular advantages for specific installation types, as they plan
their power plants.
"Suntech has listened to the utility market and come through with
innovations that simply make sense," said Frank Greb, Vice President and
General Manager of leading solar engineering and construction firm RMT, Inc.
"Reliathon makes it more cost effective, not to mention easier, to get
utility-scale projects up and running."
Reliathon modules and system components will be available in the United
States for immediate orders with shipment scheduled in Q2 2010, and have
already been included in over 1GW of US solar project bids. Non-U.S. inquiries
are welcome. Reliathon will be on display at this year's Solar Power
International conference, from October 27-29th at booth #2009 at the Main Hall
of the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Interested customers
can also visit: http://www.suntech-power.com for more information.
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) is the world's leading solar
energy company as measured by production output of crystalline silicon solar
modules. Suntech designs, develops, manufactures, and markets premium quality,
high-output, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar products for
electric power applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and
public utility sectors. Suntech's patent-pending Pluto technology for
crystalline silicon solar cells improves power output by up to 12% compared to
conventional production methods. Suntech also offers one of the broadest
ranges of building-integrated solar products.
Suntech designs and delivers commercial and utility scale solar power
systems in China and the United States. With regional headquarters in China,
Switzerland and San Francisco and sales offices worldwide, Suntech is
passionate about improving the environment we live in and dedicated to
developing advanced solar solutions that enable sustainable development. For
more information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .
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the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private
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be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates,"
"future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements,
and includes the ability of Reliathon to reduce costs, speed up development of
utility scale projects, and increase profitability for solar power plants; the
estimated savings for Balance of Plant costs and increase in warranted power
over time by utilizing Reliathon; the reduced labor time and reductions in
material costs by utilizing Reliathon; the availability of preferred pricing
and pre-negotiated business terms with the Reliathon system; and the estimated
shipment schedule for Reliathon. Such statements involve certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and
other risks is included in Suntech's filings with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Suntech does
not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required
under applicable law.
For more information, please contact:
In the United States:
Story Labs for Suntech America
Investor Relations Director
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
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