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Fibrex Goes Solar

 


At Andersen Corporation, we’ve been creating industry-leading products in FibrexAmerica for over 100 years. An Energy Star® Partner of the Year (2011, Product Manufacturer- Windows category), we’re a proud pioneer in developing energy-efficient, highly sustainable, environmentally responsible products and packaging. One of our most innovative products, Fibrex®, is a composite material we’ve been using in window frames for almost two decades. Now Fibrex® will be put to even greater use in an exclusive partnership we’ve forged with SOLON Corporation. SOLON produces large commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems in North America, and they’re now bringing Fibrex® into the photovoltaic market.

Photovoltaics are a method of utilizing solar energy to generate electric power. Solar panels have become increasingly popular, and the opportunity to use the durable yet low-maintenance product, Fibrex®, in their production affords SOLON the ability to make their panels lighter and more sustainable while also reducing heating and cooling constraints and negating the need for grounding. Fibrex® is made from 40% reclaimed wood fiber, making it an environmentally conscious product, which is again ideal for the PV market.

Because Fibrex® is designed to be exposed to the elements without the weight, bulk, or maintenance needs of its conventional predecessors, it is an excellent option for SOLON’s revolutionary commercial rooftop PV systems. This month, SOLON is debuting a groundbreaking new rooftop PV system in Dallas, Texas, utilizing Fibrex® for the first time. This installation will pave the way for PV products using Fibrex®, which SOLON is using successfully in PV racking due to its stiffness, water resistance, compact design, and durability. In the future, SOLON plans to utilize the versatile composite to create lighter, more environmentally responsible panels in their commercial, utility-scale, and even residential markets.

For more information about the partnership between Andersen Corporation and SOLON Corporation, review the press release. You may also read more about Fibrex®, Andersen, and SOLON by following the links provided.


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