REC releases all-black Alpha modules with lead-free construction
REC Group has released an all-black version of its Alpha module line. Production on the REC Alpha Pure Black will begin in June 2021 with first deliveries expected in July.
With a gapless, half-cut cell layout, the REC Alpha Pure Black Series achieves 405 W, with a lead-free construction. The REC Alpha Pure Black is based on REC’s Twin Design and the patented split cell and junction box technology.
The new REC Alpha Pure Black Series is eligible for the bounty REC ProTrust warranty package, which provides up to 25 years of product, performance and labor coverage, with at least 92% guaranteed power in 25 years of use.
The REC Alpha Pure Black series marks a significant advance in sustainability. REC has eliminated lead from all panel components, including cell junctions, cross connectors and junction box soldering.
“The minimal environmental footprint is part of REC’s holistic commitment to corporate social responsibility,” explains Shankar G. Sridhara, REC Group Chief Technology Officer. “Even today, a solar panel usually contains a small amount of lead in relation to its total weight. However, the impact is large on a large scale, especially when solar panels are recycled at the end of their lifespan. To put this in perspective, around 400 million solar panels were produced worldwide last year alone. If you fast forward a few decades into the future, production will add about 10,000 tons of lead to the ecosystem by 2020. This means that customers who choose the REC Alpha Pure Black are doing even more for the environment than just producing clean energy. “
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