Residents in the Big Easy can now get a 4.5 kilowatt Stealth Solar Kit, thanks to a partnership between GOES and Stion. In fact, right now residents within 50 miles of New Orleans can still register for a chance to win a free solar array from the two until Sept. 15.
The new Stealth Solar Kit from GOES and Stion is a pre-engineered 4.5 kilowatt system that uses Stion’s Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) PV modules, which are made in nearby Mississippi. It’s anticipated to provide around 6,500 kilowatt hours annually. The Stealth Solar Kit was designed for New Orleans, according to Stion. GOES is a New Orleans-based company that specializes in green energy.
Under the agreement between the two companies, GOES will install the pre-engineered PV array. “GOES is proud to announce a partnership with Stion, the only solar manufacturer based in the Gulf Coast region, and is pleased to be the exclusive system integrator for the Stealth Solar kit for Stion in the greater New Orleans area,” said GOES President Darren Walker.
This is the first place that Stion is introducing its Stealth Solar Kit as the company moves forward into the commercial market with its CIGS modules. As such, it becomes one of the early thin-film solar companies to direct its products specifically toward the residential solar market. Stion also announced plans to partner with other solar installers and distributors across the country.
The world’s leading thin-film manufacturer, First Solar, uses cadmium telluride technology and focuses on commercial installations, largely because while its modules may be less expensive than silicon PV alternatives, they’re also less efficient, meaning they need more space to produce similar amounts of power.
Stion introduced the Stealth Kit shortly after Louisiana passed Act 428 in July. The act, which forced solar advocates to fight for it rather than other pieces of legislation rather lose incentives outright, reaffirms the state’s support for solar and offers significant incentives for Louisiana residents to go solar, including a 50 percent credit on the first $25,000 spent on a solar array in the state. For leased or third-party-owned systems, there’s also a 50 percent credit, but it’s capped at $4.50 per watt for 2013. In 2014 it falls to a 38 percent credit and is capped at $3.50 per watt, falling to $2.00 per watt in 2015. Both programs are currently set to sunset in 2017.
New Orleans homeowners can register for the free solar array at Extreme Solar Makeover.