- Written by: Blake Davis
- Produced by: Ryan Fecteau
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Centrosolar is a solar PV manufacturer offering fully integrated solar PV modules and solutions. Their roots in German engineering bring a world of photovoltaic (PV) solutions directly to the rooftops of homes and businesses throughout North America. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Centrosolar has facilities in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and sells directly to customers in the commercial, residential and utility segments of the solar industry.
Founded in Germany in 1992, with offices throughout Europe, Centrosolar expanded into the U.S. and Canada in 2005. Today, Centrosolar is leading the solar industry with a unique and differentiated business model, allowing the company to innovate and design while leveraging facilities from Tier 1 original equipment manufacturer partners across the globe.
Centrosolar delivers some of the best-in-class, award-winning modules with industry-leading cell technology, which boils down to low-cost and high-efficiency technologies being one and the same.
“Centrosolar has always been committed to building solar modules that reduce system costs and the leveraged cost of energy,” says Ram Akella, managing director for Centrosolar. “This helps to achieve the best possible energy outputs in systems that are sustainable with high-volume manufacturing processes.”
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As a supplier, Centrosolar does not perform any installations. Instead, it has assembled an installer-dealer network, comprised of over 800 installers nationwide, allowing them to deliver the full value chain.
The company has also set itself apart from competitors in the industry by not only providing financing programs for its partners, but also guaranteeing the installation for the duration of the financing period. “Whether it’s 15 or 20 years, if there is a workmanship default, it’s up to us to make sure the installer fixes it,” Akella explains. “If they don’t do it, we are on the hook to pay for and get it done. No one else in the industry does that.”
In recent years, Centrosolar has added a significant number of new products, including a high-efficiency module lineup. “We are increasing our market share in the solar module market,” says Akella. “We are being recognized as game changers for the average residential installer because we are able to supply high-efficiency modules that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye at a very cost-effective price.”
Centrosolar has also released a new module lineup, which is manufactured in the U.S. This module is designed to deliver superior performance by combining chemical resistance, anti-reflective glass, degradation-free certification, heavy snow load rating, extreme temperature capability and a 25-year warranty on a superior quality black-on-black panel. This module lineup was listed as one of the Top 20 Solar products by Solar Power World.
Centrosolar’s engineering, manufacturing and integrated solutions have been widely recognized in the industry. Its awards include: Top Brand PV Modules in the U.S., 2016 from EuPD Research; Top 20 Solar Products, 2015, from Solar Power World; #2 Solar PV Company, Best Solar Panels Guide, 2016, by Reviews.com, among others.
With the launch of new products, Centrosolar is projecting an exponential increase in volume in 2017 of approximately 800 percent. “It’s not due to luck,” says Akella. “It is due to a lot of hard work, perseverance and focus.”
For anyone who has ever engaged in the pursuit of happiness, it is well known that success is a subjective term. In addition to its financial programs, quality products and customer service, Akella says that Centrosolar measures its achievements by the impact on the environment and ecosystem.
“Ultimately our goal is to make solar more efficient, affordable and give it a much wider base,” Akella says. “We know where the inefficiencies are in the value chain and are doing everything we can to make it more affordable along the way.”
Centrosolar prides itself on the quality, reliability and service that its installer partners and contractors expect and produce. From a robust channel program to financing programs, direct regional sales support and in-person training along with a heritage of product excellence, the company strives to keep up with the demands of the expanding solar industry.
Centrosolar refers to its highest priority, its customers, as “value-added integrators and providers.” The company is proud to draw up custom plans in order to match customers’ requirements, while translating the results into an integrated system tailor-made for individual needs.
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