CEC evaluation confirms excellent performance of Vikram Solar modules
April 10, 2015
Boulder, Colorado, Apr 10, 2015: After extensive testing, the California Energy Commission (CEC) recently awarded superior PTC values to Vikram Solar’s Eldora series 72-cell polycrystalline PV modules. For example, the 310 Watt (STC) model produced a PTC value of 283.6 Watts. In terms of industry ranking, this makes the Eldora series one of the top Tier-1 performers available, a testament to the superior engineering and manufacturing now available from India’s industrial sector. The modules were simultaneously certified to be UL 1703 compliant at 1000 VDC, with a “Type 1” fire safety class.
Ivan Saha, President & CTO at Vikram Solar says: “This latest certification demonstrates how Vikram Solar’s customers benefit from our investment in R&D and production technology. PVUSA field test conditions are far more realistic than controlled laboratories. The excellent PTC rating proves that PV systems engineered with Vikram modules are likely to deliver more energy output than competitive brands.”
In addition to obtaining UL and CEC certification, Vikram has submitted its Eldora Ultima series to other miscellaneous independent engineering firms for further validation. For instance, DNV GL recently finalized PAN file validation for Vikram’s 60-cell series and the same for 72-cell series is under process.
As part of its launch campaign in North America, Vikram is a proud sponsor of the Solar Summit U.S. taking place in Phoenix on April 14-16. Last year, Ken Oatman also joined the Vikram team as Head of Business Development for the Americas. He recently elaborated on Vikram’s plans for the future, “The North American market is a core focus for Vikram’s management team. This is why we will continue to strive to be close to our customers, and to optimize the efficiency and quality of our products – especially for the requirements in the U.S. market.”
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Tier 1 module manufacturer Vikram Solar is headquartered in Kolkata, India, with subsidiaries in North America, Europe Japan and Africa. The company is part of the 40-year old Vikram Group. Since 2009, Vikram Solar has been manufacturing monocrystalline and polycrystalline modules with outputs ranging from 5 Wp to 300 Wp at its production facilities in the Falta Special Economic Zone in West Bengal. The company also offers a comprehensive selection of services, from project development to installing and maintaining solar power plants.