Today (Oct. 26) SunPower unveiled it’s new Helix modular solar system, a system that that’s designed with commercial customers in mind and that takes a page from SunPower’s utility-scale Oasis modular plants. The design shows the company’s growing interest in the commercial segment, a segment of the solar market in the U.S. that’s gaining renewed attention.
"Unique in the solar industry, Helix is a complete solution that optimizes power production and maximizes value for our commercial customers, such as Bed Bath and Beyond," said Tom Werner, president and CEO of SunPower. The system is pre-engineered, down to the wiring and designed as a plug-and-play system, making it easier and quicker to install. It also includes SunPower’s EnergyLink monitoring platform."With standardized Helix components, we have eliminated the inefficiencies and added costs of complex system design,” Werner said. "Helix makes the complex simple, allowing our commercial and public agency customers to easily and intelligently manage their energy use and costs and maximize solar power production over the long-term."
The company already is signing customers up for the new system and said it has already sold more than 20 megawatts of the Helix systems to commercial customers and will start installing them in 2016. One of its first adopters is Bed Bath & Beyond. The company already has 17.5 megawatts of SunPower panels generating electricity at 26 of its buildings across four states. The company has signed on to install the new Helix system at eight of its stores starting in 2016.
"The cost savings we expect to see with the new SunPower Helix systems, such as plug-and-play power stations that greatly reduce installation time, will enable Bed Bath & Beyond to grow our solar program more quickly, delivering operational savings at more of our facilities," said Robert Eckhardt, head of architecture and renewables development for Bed Bath & Beyond. "Minimizing the complexities of solar system installation is critical for keeping projects on schedule and meeting return on investment goals. Helix is designed to meet those challenges."Tweet