MIDLAND — Dow Corning Corp. and San Ramon, Calif.-based Phoenix Solar Monday announced the completion of a solar installation at Dow Corning’s world headquarters and for both companies to collaborate on efforts to commercialize systems using Dow Corning’s structural adhesives.

The adhesives, which  replace the metal clamps, clips and bolts typically used to secure photovoltaic modules to mounting rails, have the potential to accelerate the adoption of solar energy by using automation to lower material and labor costs and reduce installation time in the building of solar plants.

Under terms of the agreement, Phoenix Solar has designed, installed and delivered a proof-of-concept installation and a 23-kilowatt demonstration grid-tied plant on the grounds of Dow Corning’s corporate headquarters. The two companies will continue to pursue future opportunities for solar projects, both within the North American market and internationally.

“By teaming up with Phoenix Solar, we now have a partner with the worldwide reach to help make our structural adhesives a catalyst for accelerating the adoption of solar energy,” said Tim Efthimiady, Dow Corning’s global business manager for solar installations. “Working together, both companies have the capability to drive down installation costs and make solar plants an even more attractive alternative to fossil-based fuels.”

Added Phoenix Solar CEO and president Paul J. Caudill: “Dow Corning is an innovative company that already plays a prominent role in the solar industry, and they now have developed structural adhesives with the potential to reshape the way solar plants are built by dramatically reducing costs and installation time. We at Phoenix Solar share Dow Corning’s vision of making solar power a broadly adopted renewable energy source around the world.”

Founded in 1999, Phoenix Solar is a global leader in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic power plants. The company’s technology-neutral approach allows us to objectively provide the best solar solutions for our customers.  Phoenix Solar Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG, headquartered in Sulzemoos, Germany.

More at www.phoenixsolar.us.

Dow Corning provides more than 7,000 products and services in siliconese and silicon-based technology to more than 25,000 customers worldwide. Dow Corning is equally owned by Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. and New York-based Corning, Inc.

More at www.dowcorning.com.


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