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guaranteed by Ex-Im Bank under its Renewable Express program. Ex-Im’s streamlined Renewable Express process for rooftop PV financings resulted in approval for the Delhaize project in just a few weeks.


The Zellik installation consists of more than 17,000 Solyndra CIGS solar modules covering 34,000 square metres of roof space and generates an annual yield of approximately 2,400 MWh, enough to power more than 700 households.


“We are very happy with the outcome of this project that was completed hand-in-hand with Solyndra,” said Arnold Berens, CEO of U|S|E. “Their simple, non-penetrating, flat-mounting system allows for the maximum level of roof coverage. This helps companies like ours carry out quick and simple installations, reducing costs while maximising yields per square metre - a solution that keeps both building owners and their insurers happy.”


Timothy Kim, in the Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance group of Ex-Im Bank said, “The Delhaize project represents a significant milestone for Ex-Im Bank and its Renewable Express Program. Ultimately, this deal demonstrates Ex-Im Bank’s commitment to U.S. exporters such as Solyndra, as well as to foreign companies that wish to purchase high quality U.S. goods. Ex-Im Bank thanks Solyndra and KBC Bank for their dedication and support, a strong collaborative effort which drove this deal to the finish line.”


“I want to thank the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. for its constructive role in delivering the guarantees for this transaction,” said Dirk Mampaey, senior general manager, KBC Corporate Banking. “I am confident that our ‘KBC Renewable Energy Team’ will be able to leverage the additional acquired know-how and experience from this particular project in future renewable energy investment projects to the benefit of Solyndra and other U.S. exporters.”


Supermarkets and distribution centres are typically some of today’s largest flat-roofed commercial buildings, making them ideal for the installation of solar panels. Solyndra’s innovative solar module design allows the panels to be oriented in any direction with minimal effect on the levels of generated energy.


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Using CIGS and thin film technology, the modules generate electricity from direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight. USE added a white Sure- Weld thermoplastic polyolefin roof membrane from Carlisle SynTec to simultaneously maximise reflected light capture and further reduce costs through building cooling.


“We are very happy to be able to help Delhaize to realise the economic and environmental potential of their rooftops,” comments Clemens Jargon, Solyndra’s president of EMEA. “This installation bears testimony to our desire and ability to engage with large scale distributed energy projects at a time when more and more corporations are seeing the hidden value in their fixed rooftop assets. Solyndra technology allows them to meet their environmental goals and delivers great results to their bottom line.”


Franzen to use Odersun CIS integrated solar façades


The two firms will use their combined experience to expand the use of photovoltaics in façade construction and solar installation.


Odersun, a manufacturer of customer specific CIS solar modules and the FranzenGroup, planner and constructor of façade and solar systems, will be cooperating in the sector of integrated building photovoltaics.


Together, they are to further promote the integration of solar components in curtain wall type, rear-ventilated façades. Franzen Ingenieur- und Montagebau GmbH offers comprehensive consulting services for the planning of solar- integrated façades as early as in the planning and design phase. Architects, specialist planners and builders are accompanied from design through to implementation of modern, energy-efficient photovoltaic façades. Odersun manufactures made to order CIS modules used in existing façade systems as well as according to individual specifications.


“Franzen combines, when it comes to the handling of our new types of solar components, a decisive, and until now rare, combination of skills, namely experience in façade construction and in the design


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