Richmond-based SunPower touts new world record in panel efficiency


Richmond-based SunPower announced Monday it has made a solar panel that can convert 24.1-percent of the sunlight that it captures into electricity, a new world record.

The result has been validated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the company said in a statement.

The 24.1-percent figure marks the world’s highest efficiency for a solar panel using silicon cells.

It was the second record set in a year by the company located at the former Ford Assembly Plant at 1414 Harbour Way South. In February, SunPower had achieved 22.8-percent efficiency for its X-Series solar panel. That figure surpasses conventional solar panels with efficiencies ranging from 15 to 18 percent, the company said.

“With greater efficiency, we can fit more watts on the roof with the outstanding reliability of the SunPower X-Series solar panel,” Peter Cousins, SunPower senior vice president, research, development and deployment, said in a statement.

For more information on the solar panels and SunPower, read the full company statement or visit the company’s blog.

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