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At PV America I sat down with Nico Johnson, who is heading up Lumeta’s North American sales effort, to discuss the product.
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Q: What is the history of the product? How was it developed and why?
A: The product was developed by roofers for rooftops. We didn’t have a need to be innovative and on the edge of technology–we simply identified flaws in the existing mounting methodology for certain rooftop applications. There is not a lot of diversity in the building integrated solar photovoltaic (BIPV) market. The panels were developed specifically to address the needs of large customers who wanted a better solar product offering, one that is elegant, has high power density, and which does not compromise the roof integrity or structural load. In the past, there have been few choices which meet these requirements. The first, was to have hundreds of penetrations on the roof, which increases the need for maintenance. Alternatively we had contractors lugging a ton of ballasts on the roof, which most roofing manufacturers are now beginning to acknowledge raises concerns about long-term warranty coverage. This is where we saw the gap for a product that would address the need for zero roof penetrations and for light-weight roof structures.
Because they’ve come directly out of the roofing industry, the founders of Lumeta really
understand the need for and importance of simplifying integration. They wanted a product that any contractor could wrap his mind around, as well as the crew. They also wanted a product that would decrease the balance of system costs–as silicon prices have dropped, balance of system (BOS) costs have increased as a percentage of total costs.