About Solaria


We believe in the potential of unlocking power.

Solar panels that produce up to 20% more energy. Building glass that allows visibility while simultaneously generating solar power and reducing solar gain. Greenhouse glass that promotes plant growth while at the same time creates solar power.

Technological innovations that release the power potential of existing assets for tomorrow’s energy needs.

With more solar installed in the U.S. in 2015-2016 than in the previous 38 years combined, solar technology is part of our culture, economy and the future of energy. 

Solaria has created one of the industry’s most respected IP portfolios, with hundreds of patents encompassing materials, processes, applications, products, manufacturing automation and equipment.

Focused on mass-market penetration through large partners, Solaria is expanding its partnerships and licensing agreements with a vision to be the technology leader in an evolving solar industry.

Solaria, Power Unlocked.



 

Solaria History

 

Solaria was founded in the early 2000s when the cost of silicon, the raw material for photovoltaics, was a dominant cost of a PV system. Over the next few years, Solaria assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, with remarkable design ingenuity, to develop a sophisticated product and manufacturing process.

Solaria has developed a technology platform that unlocks the potential of solar energy allowing it to be ubiquitous and universally accessed. Solaria created one of the industry’s most respected IP portfolios, with over 100 patents encompassing materials, processes, applications, products, manufacturing automation and equipment.

Solaria’s first series of products, known as low-concentration-photovoltaics (LCPV), were fully tested, certified and productized, with over 30 megawatts installed in demanding, utility-grade, deployments around the world.  Solaria became synonymous with field-tested, high quality, durable, high-performance LCPV combined with innovative solar tracking arrays.

When silicon costs dramatically declined, and solar panel production shifted towards China, Solaria stood the test of time and developed a unique way to leverage its knowledge and technology.

Solaria created NEXTracker, answering the growing market need for highly integrated and cost-effective tracking systems.  Leveraging its depth and breadth in the system domain, NEXTracker was spun-out. Within a year, NEXTracker became the independent provider of tracking systems and grew one hundred fold. A year later, Flextronics acquired it for $335M, and it continues the same growth trajectory. Buoyed by its immense success, Solaria knew that in this new era of solar, it could pave the way for solar everywhere. 

Solaria, Optimized Technology
With the adoption of its technology on a mass scale, Solaria’s engineering team optimized its proven core technology and automated manufacturing process for different applications.  Solaria started with proven materials - standard crystalline silicon solar cells – and used advanced proprietary semiconductor manufacturing processes in which the cells are scribed and singulated into highly uniformed strips, re-assembled into strings (interconnection), packaged, and tested. Standard solar companies rely on a restrictive one-size-fits all model.  But Solaria’s approach allows for a high degree of customization and opened the path toward new market opportunities with optimized solutions for specific applications. 
    
In collaboration with strategic partners, Solaria successfully launched three such solutions in 2016 – the PowerXT, a series of high-efficiency modules unlocking cost efficiencies across the commercial photovoltaic value-chain, the PowerView, a series of customized building-integrated-photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions unlocking generating assets across building skins, and the PowerGrow, a series of optimized solutions for greenhouses (GHPV), enabling underutilized real-estate assets for power generation while improving plant growth. Across each of its market segments, Solaria’s business model provides Powered-by-Solaria products from large, reliable partners, enabling customers to leverage innovative yet proven technology as guaranteed by leading firms in their respective segments, ensuring the necessary requirements in quality, durability, product availability, warranty, bankability and ease of integration.

Solaria, Power Unlocked
With more solar installed in the U.S. in the past two years than in the previous 38 years combined, solar energy is truly embedded into our culture, our economy and the future of energy.  As net zero energy mandates and COP21 commitments become a reality, Solaria is building momentum in large and established industries that demand technology improvements but need to minimize risks:  architectural glass, greenhouses, and high efficiency solar modules for rooftop and utility applications.  Solaria is cutting costs, improving efficiencies and pioneering decentralized power generation via flexible, modular, optimized solutions.  Focused on mass-market penetration through large partners, Solaria is expanding its partnerships and licensing agreements with a vision to be a technology leader in an evolving solar industry.