Solar Energy Solution For Low-Slope, Single-Ply Membrane Roofs

Uni-Solar Ovonic and GenFlex Introduce Solar Energy Solution For Low-Slope, Single-Ply Membrane Roofs; Combined Solution is Durable, Lightweight and Simple to Install and Ideal for Low-Slope Commercial Applications.

United Solar Ovonic LLC (Ovonic Solar), the world leader in thin-film amorphous silicon solar technology and a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. , and GenFlex Roofing Systems (GenFlex), a recognized industry leader and a supplier of single-ply roofing products and systems, introduce a combined solar energy solution for low-slope membrane roofs. The Uni-Solar Ovonic/GenFlex offering allows customers to easily install a powerful energy- generating solution without requiring additional structural support or penetration of the roof itself. The solution is a combination of Uni-Solar Ovonic’s unique lightweight, flexible, photovoltaic (PV) panels and GenFlex’s durable thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) membrane roofing solutions.

“Beyond doing what we do best — consistently delivering durable, weather- resistant roofing solutions — is the need to offer roof-mounted energy- generating alternatives for our commercial customers,” said Jon Apgar, President, GenFlex. “The product characteristics of Uni-Solar Ovonic’s thin- film building-integrated solution, including its weight, flexibility and durability, nicely complement our existing TPO and EPDM roofing solution. By going to the market together with this solution, we offer our customers an ideal, one-stop solution for both a new roof and a solution for solar energy.”

The Uni-Solar Ovonic/GenFlex solution is designed to maximize flat or low- slope commercial roofing situations without compromising the integrity of the roof or building structure. The PV panels are designed to generate energy from any existing roof space, without requiring additional structural support. Uni-Solar Ovonic and GenFlex deliver the complete PV system design and engineering support.

“The Uni-Solar Ovonic/GenFlex partnership is the ideal way for two companies with expertise in their respective markets to come together and offer their joint customers a one-of-a-kind solution,” said Subhendu Guha, President and Chief Operating Officer of Uni-Solar Ovonic. “We are pleased to partner with GenFlex. It is gratifying for us to continue to offer our customers market-leading, sought-after solar energy solutions.”

Stanford R. Ovshinsky, Chairman and CEO of Uni-Solar Ovonic and President and CEO of ECD Ovonics, said, “We remain committed to offering a solar energy system appropriate for every commercial or residential roof-top. The Uni- Solar Ovonic/GenFlex solution is another example of our commitment to make the roofs of the world the source of clean energy without taking up one inch more of land itself.”

Uni-Solar Ovonic’s unique thin-film amorphous solar products are quickly being accepted as the ideal solution for both commercial and residential customers. Differing from the traditional crystalline technology, which typically utilizes heavy, glass-mounted panels, the UNI-SOLAR(R) system solutions are flexible, durable, lightweight and easy to install. In addition, independent studies have shown that Uni-Solar Ovonic’s systems produce more energy per rated power than crystalline products, enhancing their overall value in the market.

About Uni-Solar Ovonic

Uni-Solar Ovonic, building on technology invented and pioneered by ECD Ovonics, is the world leader in thin-film amorphous photovoltaics. The Uni- Solar Ovonic 30-megawatt production equipment is the world’s largest and most advanced machine for the manufacture of thin-film amorphous silicon alloy solar cells and related products used for a variety of applications ranging from solar lanterns of 2-3 watts to large solar farms of 500 kilowatts. Because of characteristics unique to Uni-Solar Ovonic’s solar cell technology, such as lightweight, ruggedness and flexibility, they are ideal as building- integrated photovoltaic roofing systems for residential and industrial customers. ECD Ovonics and Uni-Solar Ovonic hold the basic patents covering the continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing of thin-film amorphous silicon alloy multi-junction solar cells and related products. More information is available at .

About GenFlex

GenFlex is a leading, full-line supplier of single-ply roofing products for the commercial market. Headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, GenFlex manufactures, markets and sells its products through a network of distributors, sales agents and authorized roofing contractors. GenFlex is a business of OMNOVA Solutions Inc., a technology-based polymer and specialty chemical business with operations in the global marketplace. For more information about GenFlex, please visit its website at .

CONTACT: Subhendu Guha, President of United Solar Ovonic LLC, +1-248-475-0100, [email protected]

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July 5th, 2005 - Posted in Solar Energy News, Solar Energy Products | |

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