3M and tenKsolar Celebrate More than 200 Installations

  3M and tenKsolar Celebrate More than 200 Installations

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Solar Power International 2013

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- October 15, 2013

After more than two years of collaboration, 3M Renewable Energy and tenKsolar
are celebrating a number of milestones in increasing energy generation from
commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) arrays. In 2011, the two companies first
combined the tenKsolar RAIS® commercial solar array with 3M™ Cool Mirror Film
330. This system is able to generate up to 45 percent more annual energy per
square foot of rooftop than a typical installation with a conventional solar
array, while at the same time reducing PV energy costs and providing net
energy savings to buildings by reducing rooftop temperatures.

3M and tenKsolar provide productive commercial rooftop system using 3M Cool
Mirror Film and tenKsola ...

3M and tenKsolar provide productive commercial rooftop system using 3M Cool
Mirror Film and tenKsolar photovoltaics. (Photo: tenKsolar)

Today, tenKsolar and 3M are pleased to report that more than 200 installations
have been installed at locations across the U.S., Latin America, Europe and
Asia. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., the company has enjoyed easy access
to its neighbors at 3M, and has also installed a grid-tied tenKsolar RAIS®
solar PV (photovoltaic) array at the 3M facility in Cottage Grove, Minn.

A key aspect of tenK’s ability to offer a substantial gain in power and energy
generation is a result of the close collaboration between 3M and tenKsolar
engineers. Through that collaboration, 3M designed the Cool Mirror Film 330,
an all-polymeric mirror film, to offer a low photopic reflectance with minimal
heat reflection. The use of the Cool Mirror Film 330, in combination with
tenK’s shade tolerant PV modules, allow tenKsolar PV systems to accept
non-uniform reflection and as a result provide energy at a lower cost than
solar PV system that use only conventional PV modules.

Representatives from both 3M and tenKsolar will be available for joint
interviews at the Solar Power International show, October 21-24 in Chicago,

For more information, please visit: www.3M.com/Solar or www.tenksolar.com.

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