Suniva, Inc., a US-based solar manufacturer, will collaborate with GS Battery, Inc., the American subsidiary of GS Yuasa International, Ltd. of Japan, to develop solar powered energy storage systems using Suniva’s solar modules.
The collaboration between Suniva and GS Battery will begin with the planning and development of several commercial demonstration sites across the United States. The first system will use 30kW of Suniva’s solar modules and will be built on GS Battery’s headquarters in Roswell, GA. This solar array, which is designed, engineered and constructed by Atlanta-based solar integrator First Century Energy, will also be the first grid-connected energy-storing solar installation in Georgia.
As of January 1, 2010, battery storage systems qualify under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the same 30 percent federal investment tax credit as solar systems.
Under the partnership, GS Battery will use Suniva’s solar modules, which consist of Suniva’s ARTisun series monocrystalline solar cells, in its energy-storing solar systems. Suniva modules can achieve power output up to 300 watts.