PPG Activates Solar Array at Glass Research Facility
October 5, 2011


PPG Industries has activated a new 4,800-watt solar system, currently equipped with two 10-module arrays featuring Solarphire PV photovoltaic glass and Solarphire AR anti-reflective glass, at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa.

PPG Industries has activated a new 4,800-watt solar system at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa., about 15 miles from the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh. The system enables PPG to demonstrate for customers the value of its prototype and existing solar glass products, such as the Solarphire glass product line, and to help researchers and product developers gather real-world data on the performance of these products.

The system is currently equipped with two 10-module arrays: one using Solarphire PV photovoltaic glass, and one using Solarphire AR anti-reflective glass. Online monitoring software measures the real-time power output of each array, and solar power generated by the system is tied back into building operations.

The site also is available for use by PPG customers to test and demonstrate their products in one-month intervals. Customers with products installed on the array can access performance data via email or the Internet.

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