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SolarTech Universal The Next Generation of Solar Technology

For SolarTech Universal, Palm Beach County particulate and humidity control systems were installed is an ideal launching pad to build an for production and storage, and the factory was innovative photovoltaic (PV) business. Since inspected by TUV Rheinland, an international agency, incorporating in 2012, the Riviera Beach startup for solar manufacturing certification. SolarTech Universal celebrated the grand company has opened a large-scale manufacturing facility and hired a skilled workforce to bring the next opening of its new facility in December 2015 and is now making premium solar PV modules using generation of solar technology to market. “We are building our brand awareness and a SmartWire Technology (SWT) developed in customer base responsibly as we enter the market,” partnership with Meyer Burger Technology. said Boris Rosenstein, executive president/CEO of “SmartWire is a game changer,” said Rosenstein. “We SolarTech Universal, LLC. “The solar PV module are excited to be the first and only manufacturer in market is a highly competitive space, and we are North America able to produce modules utilizing this bringing a disruptive technology to it. In doing so, we disruptive technology.” SWT replaces the large metal bars in most solar are determined to provide a quality product and panels with a series of thin metal implement strict quality controls.” strings that can’t be seen from a Rosenstein said South Florida distance. SWT also mitigates the was a natural choice for the diverse manufacturing cluster effects of micro-cracks that occur company’s manufacturing facility. includes more than 1,180 over time, extending the PV “Palm Beach County had several businesses that employ nearly panel’s performance. “The beauty factors that made it a great strategic 15,000 employees. of SmartWire Technology is that fit,” he said. “The county offers a efficiency and aesthetics are no stable business environment, a strong workforce and a positive quality of life within a longer mutually exclusive,” Rosenstein said. “By using business-friendly state.” Riviera Beach’s location in an only top-rated components and investing in a stateEnterprise Zone allowed SolarTech Universal to qualify of-the-art manufacturing facility, we are positioned to deliver high-efficiency modules engineered to the for a job creation grant, as well. “We are thrilled to produce a ‘Buy American’ highest standards.” SolarTech Universal is also creating a rooftop product in Palm Beach County,” said Rosenstein, adding that Riviera Beach offers convenient access R&D lab to test its products with other components to domestic and international markets via three major in a variety of scenarios. The company has a seaports, three international airports, Interstate 95 dedicated R&D space within its building to develop prototypes for future market applications. and the Florida Turnpike. SolarTech Universal’s customers are primarily In 2013, SolarTech Universal acquired an 80,000 square-foot industrial building and invested in a certified installers of solar PV systems and general complete refurbishment for advanced manufacturing contractors and architects pursuing green building equipment and administrative offices. Specific climate, designs, such as LEED-certified projects. “There is a

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