Powerhouse approved for California

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has listed two of the RGS Energy’s (RGS) Powerhouse solar shingle models on its site of approved solar photovoltaic modules. The CEC gave its official blessing to the PH-055 and the PH-060, 55 and 60 watt solar shingles composed of 24 half-cut mono crystalline solar cells supplied by Risen Energy.

The modules were rated to perform at PVUSA Test Condition (PTC) values of 45 and 49.9. And while California no longer offers any sort of solar power rebates, it is these values that the state would have paid incentives based upon.

The PH-055 and the PH-060 have efficiencies of 15.6% and 17.1%, respectively. Further hardware specifications can be found in the 3.0 spec pages.

In November of 2018, the company received UL certification and announced that its sales team had collected $130 million of written reservations. In December the company began assembly of the product, announced its first purchase of the product, and revealed that it has 5 MW of capacity available in Q1 through various manufacturing partners.

RGS noted via its Twitter account last week that the first installation of the Powerhouse shingle cells were being installed. You can just make out the half-cut cells.