Thin Film Modules From Centrosolar Certified for the British Market

By Centrosolar Ag, PRNE
Monday, December 13, 2010

The Thin Film Modules are now Approved for use in the United Kingdom After Receiving Certification for the Crystalline Modules in October

HAMBURG, Germany and LONDON, December 14, 2010 - The way is paved for unlimited market access in Great Britain:
In November, Centrosolar was certified for its thin film modules in
accordance with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). The British
Board of Agrément (BBA) certified the company's crystalline solar modules in
October. The MCS certificates serve as a seal of quality and are a
prerequisite in order to sell photovoltaic systems in Britain.

The certified solar modules TF Plate Professional and TF
Membrane Professional consist of thin film laminates produced by U.S.-based
United Solar Ovonic. Centrosolar uses these laminates to manufacture solar
modules at the company's in-house production facility in Paderborn, Germany.
These thin film modules are over five meters in length, making them suitable
for large roof spaces primarily. Compared to crystalline solar modules, with
a weight per unit area of five and nine kg/m squared, these modules are
extremely lightweight and are therefore highly suited to roofs with low
loading weights. "Our thin film solar modules are suited for buildings with
roofs that are not built to accommodate heavy, crystalline modules.
Particularly in industries where the roofs have a low loading capacity, this
solution offers great potential," says Simon Gerrard, Managing Director of
Centrosolar UK Ltd. Thin film modules are capable of producing efficient
power, even when installed on flat roofs and in other unfavourable positions.
They also work with diffuse sunshine - for example, a cloudy sky - and are
extremely reliable, meaning that even in countries such as Great Britain,
clients can count on a good solar yield.

Thanks to the MCS certification, British system operators who
choose Centrosolar modules can profit from the feed-in tariff for 25 years.
With this certificate, the issuing body, BBA, confirms the tested quality and
performance of the modules. Before the certificates were issued, the modules
were subject to extensive testing, including an inspection of the production

With its own module production facility, Centrosolar is one of
Europe's leading providers of solar energy systems. The company has been
represented in Great Britain by a subsidiary since September.

About Centrosolar

With locations in Hamburg, Paderborn and Kempten, Centrosolar
AG is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Munich-based Centrosolar Group AG, an
international company with over 1,000 employees and annual revenue of EUR309
(2009). Each of the subsidiaries offers products and solutions that
convert solar energy into electricity. Our product range includes
photovoltaic (PV) systems, PV mounting systems, solar glass and project
planning for multi-MW PV systems. The Centrosolar Group operates a module
production facility in Wismar (capacity: 200 MWp as of 2010) as well as a
solar glass plant in Fürth (2009: six million m squared glass). Further
subsidiaries are located in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Great
Britain Switzerland, the Netherlands and the U.S.

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