Air Products Solar Panel Farm Turns On its Astronergy Modules
Another 9,000 of Astronergy’s thin-film modules started producing one megawatt (1 MW) of power on July 12th when executive officers from Astronergy, Air Products flipped the switch at the dedication ceremony of the new Air Products solar panel farm. The 2 MW installation offers proof that Astronergy’s thin-film modules are gaining positive recognition in the US market, and it will be capable of powering more than half of Air Products’ administration buildings at its corporate headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Astronergy, founded in Hangzhou, China in 2006, produces both crystalline and thin-film solar panels for applications for a number of commercial, residential, and industrial applications. With over 5,000 employees and nearly 600 MW of solar-panel production capacity, Astronergy has been recognized by Forbes China as an “Enterprise with Most Potential” for 2011.
Astronergy is also a long-time customer of Air Products, a Fortune 500 company which provides a number of important gases and materials for the production of thin-film solar panels. And so, in a prime example of businesses helping each other grow, Air Products supplied Astronergy and ENN Solar with critical materials for the production of their panels, which were then delivered back to Air Products—further strengthening their close ties.
“It’s wonderful to see a company as well-established as Air Products investing in solar energy, especially when their own materials and expertise were involved in producing the very panels that now power their campus. We’re very pleased to be both an Air Products customer and supplier,” said Astronergy CEO Dr. Liyou Yang. John McGlade, who serves as Air Products’ chairman, president, and CEO, agreed: “It is really special to be able to demonstrate our products and begin generating clean, renewable energy for our campus. It is a great opportunity for employees, our community and our customers to witness first-hand how our innovative products deliver sustainable solutions for photovoltaics customers.”
At 15 acres, the installation is the largest silicon thin-film project in the United States and will reduce Air Products’ carbon emissions footprint by approximately 2,000 tons per year.