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US firms collaborate to speed home solar installations

A US home solar provider and leading materials supplier to the PV industry have joined forces with DuPont to increase solar adoption and promote reliability standards for solar modules

Home solar installations can be sped up by adopting product specifications that improve efficiency and lifetime

Astrum Solar has reached an agreement with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions to collaborate on standards for solar installation offerings and ensure the continued use of premium quality system components.

The agreement is designed to speed home solar installations through the adoption of product specifications that improve efficiency and lifetime, lower costs and increase returns on investments.

"This agreement will further ease the transition to solar power by increasing the overall value for homeowners," said Astrum Solar Vice President of Policy and Business Development Josh Goldberg. "DuPont's unsurpassed expertise regarding materials specifications will ensure our customers always benefit from the most efficient, cost-effective system possible."

Materials matter in solar modules as they can significantly improve system efficiency, lifetime and bring down the overall cost of solar electricity. But due to falling prices and narrowing margins for modules, some manufacturers are substituting unproven or inferior quality materials that have the potential to compromise system performance.

Astrum Solar helps homeowners switch to solar power at a reduced cost. DuPont, a leading materials supplier to the photovoltaic industry globally, has materials in more than half of the world's 300 million solar panels installed since 1975 that have been time-tested for more than 5 trillion outdoor panel-hours.