Thu, 20 Oct 2011|
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I -- -- fogler senior technical editor of photovoltaic swirled magazine reporting from solar power international 2011 in Dallas Texas. My guest is set the simmering of panel claw welcome to the show Seth thank you. Not my first question for you is out more being -- you. -- -- actually moving to high volume manufacture and you had to have an announcement just before and those solar power international. And you're also opening a new -- lab could you tell our viewers a bit about those announcement. It's absolutely it's it's something we're really excited about it and we've actually already -- I've only manufacturing. Now the capacity producing about whether or half the gate -- mounting systems here in the US. And we really think it's gonna be wonderful thing for our partners enabling us to make sure that we can deliver whatever they need whenever he needed. And last eighteen months or so we've done about a 150 megawatts. Worth of installations and this is really. Helped us get to the point where we can justify the investment in this -- manufacturing. It's gonna help our partners and help us in the long run so really excited on that front. Natalie look at that has seen in the nation this and new laboratory that we've opened it's about 5200 square feet. And it's gonna provide us the ability to really enhance our -- we've introduced a new product every year that we've been this is -- -- -- We went accelerate that pace in the nation. And this -- gonna help us do it. Same time testing is such a critical component. Of bringing products to market making sure that they performance we expect them to. So having that testing that in house really -- -- Upped the ante if you will and take the testing as we know today. And really move it to the next level losses as he system -- -- -- -- thirty years. We can really provide that level of confidence -- to the -- -- owner. The PC into the financial players involved that everything's going to -- exactly is they plan. Make sure that we deliver the -- basically cost and every project. Do you have a proprietary test methodology. With your thermal -- -- or. Anything you can share sometimes I ask these questions and I'm trying to extract I didn't -- and it's. -- I -- proprietary pieces that I will be sharing during the scenario game -- I do think that on that the testing and and then the certification front it's incredibly important that as a industry. We really continue to push for standards and push the level so that. We can ensure that all the products in the market performance they expect any failure by any player. He's really terrible for all of us so -- things we've been really focused on. He's thinking about how can we help educate the market. And part of that has been some of the work that we've been doing with you well. So we've been working very closely with you let's you -- 27 three then you subject that's focused specifically on mounting systems. And -- the first US company to actually do it -- -- too. Full testing process which is everything from her ability testing mechanical load testing to electric -- -- grounding. So the first US company actually have all our products listed to that. It's something that's really exciting. It helps us a step published what are -- the minimum standards that you're going to need to build the system here. What are the things you really want to look at it's going to be critical to success. Of the system over the long run and as an added bonus. The 27 real -- our system. All the electric -- grounding some rather than having to run. Copper wire from modules -- module support sport putting on this ground it's instead -- ground. Not a hundred modules with one -- You listed. And that really -- Hamas. You to six cents a -- it's a substantial improvement. -- for not taking your lateral product but rather just hoping you reduce your costs and terms investment in terms of labor. It's something we're really excited about something we think is incredibly important for the industry. Analysts are setting the standards that help us I'll be more successful. Speaking. -- nuts and bolts and mugs and if you will. Are there any regulatory your -- issues that you think that you know could just stand to benefit from some fine tuning. I think the reality is that this is still evolving space and there are still. Veering out. Application and even the same code as you go from -- -- -- -- authorities so the more we can mute the seniors Asian that are easier to be. For mounting system players and others within the industry to ensure that -- producing product complies. And really reduce the amount of time in determining. Far too many projects and at getting in either delayed or entirely derailed during the harmony process. And critical -- to our success has been our ability to bring. Four years of wind tunnel data as well as our experience itself -- testing -- And he can attest -- you can imagine to the table to get through that process. We prefer her. If -- had the same set -- standards so we knew exactly who we had to bring to the table that could be more successful and get through that process more quickly. It's gonna bring down the costs -- -- learn. In general. And I think when you think about all these pieces and all the code. I'm certainly not a -- expert. But I look to the people like the folks from -- -- and 27 threes here talking about earlier as the folks that we need to look to him and help push this team that's forward. So -- -- you only got and globally of others that are really trying to. To to put those standards out there. And we work very closely with them and establishing standards that we can ensure that mounting system industry in general. Produces product that delivers as expected. Thank you very much for being my against my pleasure thank you.