ClearWorld and MiaSole Enter Multi-MW, International Sole Supplier Agreement
ClearWorld LLC, an alternative energy system solution provider, and MiaSolé have entered into an exclusive Multi-MW agreement in which MiaSolé will be the sole supplier of flexible, lightweight solar panels for ClearWorld’s unique LED lighting system, RETROFLEX®.
ClearWorld RETROFLEX, available internationally, is a patented lighting technology that brings clear cost-saving and environmental benefits to clients. RETROFLEX light poles harness solar energy and provide outdoor lighting that preserves resources, requires no moving parts, and is virtually maintenance free. The RETROFLEX unit supports wireless monitoring for faults as well as wireless programming including dimming capabilities. Its unique design allows the panels to be affixed to any dimension, diameter, or finish, and will work with any existing pole without compromising the integrity of its design.
MiaSolé FLEX is uniquely well suited to this application as the lightweight, flexible solar modules wrap around the base of the light structure, eliminating the solar rectangle “wing” design of typical solar street light panels and dramatically reducing build-up of dust and bird droppings that decrease module efficiency. The modules on a RETROFEX unit require very little maintenance when compared to glass panels installed at an angle of 30 degrees. The vertical installation also reduces the chance of vandalism and theft, and preserves the aesthetic appeal of the light. In addition, attaching FLEX modules directly to the cylindrical shape of the pole increases resistance to wind. A traditional solar light with rectangular panel can withstand 70 to 90 mph winds while a light powered by a MiaSolé flexible module can withstand 150+ mph. The curved design also performs better in high temperatures.
MiaSolé FLEX modules are the most efficient thin-film lightweight flexible modules on the market today—with an efficiency rating of 16%—generating the most power possible. For ClearWorld, the power generated by a MiaSolé module is sufficient to charge a backup battery that can power an LED streetlight for up to eight days, meaning even in times of inclement weather the light will be operational. According to ClearWorld CEO Larry Tittle, “This exclusive supplier agreement with MiaSolé, a leader in thin-film technology, will provide ClearWorld with the capability to achieve its goal of bringing clear cost-saving and environmental benefits to our clients.”
Because solar-powered lighting is self-contained, it is off-grid and can be used in remote installations and is unaffected by power outages. It is ideal for roadways, sidewalks, apartment and condominium complexes, corporate and industrial parking lots, retail parking lots, university campuses, government institutions, and military installations.
About ClearWorld, LLC
ClearWorld, LLC is an alternative energy systems solution provider, whose primary function is to design and retrofit energy-efficient systems that reduce utility operating and maintenance costs. ClearWorld is headquartered in Metairie, Louisiana. Additional information about ClearWorld, LLC can be found by visiting www.clearworld.us.
MiaSolé is a producer of thin-film Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cells and panels. Founded in 2004, MiaSolé has evolved from a Silicon Valley start-up to the world leader in thin film solar panel efficiency. In its Sunnyvale, CA facility, we have demonstrated 16% module efficiency in production and 18% cell efficiency in the lab. In December 2012, MiaSolé became a member of the Hanergy family. MiaSolé joined Hanergy Thin Film Power Group as MiaSolé Hi-Tech. Hanergy provides unparalleled financial, technical, and sales expertise. Since acquisition, MiaSolé has continued to increase cell performance as well as develop new applications for our technology. Additional information about MiaSolé can be found by visiting www.miasole.com.