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• Minnesota receives about 4.5 sunlight hours per day. • The Solar Electric Power Association
• Minnesota receives about 4.5 sunlight hours per day. • The Solar Electric Power Association
Minnesota receives about
4.5 sunlight hours per day.
The Solar Electric Power
Association (SEPA)
ranks Xcel Energy No. 7
in the nation for solar
electric capacity.
Xcel Energy has been
honored as one of the
nation’s Top 10 electric
utilities in the amount of
solar power it added to its
system per customer
served in 2010.
Solar is an attractive
investment NOW.
 Federal and Utility incentives
help offset the cost of your
system. When combined with
Xcel's other solar incentives,
customers are eligible for
rebates of up to 60% of the
installed cost of a solar-
electric system.
 A system increases
the value of your real estate.
 A system helps protect you
from rising energy costs.
 A system creates energy
independence for you and
your family.
Reliable and knowledgeable
partners are available to
help you design and install
your system. They can also
help source locally produced
solar modules and inverters.
200
kW to go! The City of
Minneapolis has a goal of
installing one megawatt
(1 MW) of renewable energy
by 2014. By 2011, the City
will have installed another
~800 kW.
Minnesota output is about 3
megawatts a year, enough
electricity to supply about
800 homes. California, the
nation's solar leader,
produces 250 times as much
sun power as Minnesota,
more than 700 megawatts.
as Minnesota, more than 700 megawatts. silicon-energy.com Patio Cover - Champin, MN. The 2.3 kW system
as Minnesota, more than 700 megawatts. silicon-energy.com Patio Cover - Champin, MN. The 2.3 kW system

Patio Cover - Champin, MN. The 2.3 kW system helps offset the homeowner’s energy needs, while allowing light to pass through the patio cover.

Did you know you can effectively reduce your energy bill with solar in Minnesota? Even in an area with extreme winters, solar can work; that’s because Minnesota has the solar resource comparable to some southern states, and solar modules work more effectively when receiving sunlight, and at cooler temperatures. While Minnesota is just beginning to adopt solar, solar has an amazing potential to help lessen our reliance on fossil fuels, while helping the local economy through jobs and manufacturing.

Solar is gaining momentum in the community.

With the support and commitment of utilities, policy makers, local companies, and the community, solar is becoming a viable energy production option for local residents. If you’re ready to consider steps to offsetting your energy bill, decreasing your carbon footprint, investing in your local community, and increasing the value of your home, consider adding a PV system.

MN State Overview February 2012

Federal, State and Utility incentives help make solar a financially savvy energy source today.  
Federal, State and Utility incentives help make solar a financially savvy energy source today.  

Federal, State and Utility incentives help make solar a financially savvy energy source today.

 

Available Solar Incentives ¹

 

Receive a one-time incentive payment of $2.25 per installed watt (W) for your residential and Commercial PV systems up to 40 kW or 120% of your use.

Xcel Energy MN State Solar*Rewards program

Minnesota Made Bonus makes the rebate up to $2.75/watt ($2,750/kW) if the solar module in your system is made in Minnesota.

This provides a combined incentive of up to $5.00 per watt installed or 60% of system price.

Receive credit for excess energy production on your bill. This is a State net-metering law and is also applicable outside of the Xcel Energy service area.

MN State Utilities Incentive

The DSIRE website features a comprehensive database of State renewable incentives. See URL below.

MN State Tax Incentives

Solar equipment is exempt from MN State sales tax. Your property tax basis will not be increased due to the addition of a solar energy system.

Federal Incentive

Take advantage of a 30% tax credit for systems placed in service before 12/31/2016.

DSIRE – Includes a list of Minnesota incentives: silicon-energy.com/mnstateincentives
DSIRE – Includes a list of Minnesota incentives:
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Silicon Energy MN, LLC PO Pox 376 8787 Silicon Way Mountain Iron, MN 55768 ¹
Silicon Energy MN, LLC
PO Pox 376
8787 Silicon Way
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
¹ The above incentive information is provided as an overview of incentives that may be
available to you. This information is not intended to provide tax, legal, or financial
advice. Please consult with a CPA or a tax attorney to determine your eligibility and the
impact on your specific financial situation.
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3506 124th Street NE
Marysville, WA 98271
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representative at the
local Minnesota
Renewable Energy
Society meetings. For a
listing of upcoming
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mnrenewables.org/
calendar
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Silicon Energy MN, LLC
PO Box 376
8787 Silicon Way
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
(p) 218-789-1710
Silicon Energy, LLC
Iron, MN 55768 (p) 218-789-1710 Silicon Energy, LLC 3506 124th Street NE Marysville, WA 98271 (p)
3506 124th Street NE Marysville, WA 98271 (p) 360-618-6500
3506 124th Street NE
Marysville, WA 98271
(p) 360-618-6500
3506 124th Street NE Marysville, WA 98271 (p) 360-618-6500 Since its start, Silicon Energy has been

Since its start, Silicon Energy has been pursuing the mission of providing locally made PV modules to its communities. The company enables residential, commercial, and utility projects to be graced with its aesthetically unique modules, while delivering unmatched performance in energy harvest, durability, safety, and longevity.

The Silicon Energy module has a 40+ year usable life, while the industry average is approximately 25 years. This extended usability not only enables increased energy harvest, it increases and extends the financial return on a system. The Silicon Energy 30 year warranty is one of the strongest in the industry.

Like many small businesses, Silicon Energy started as a result of an unexpected opportunity. Prior to 2007, solar module manufacturers did not exist in Washington State—Silicon Energy decided they would become the first and offer their community a superior solar product.

Silicon Energy started production in 2009 in Washington State and expanded its manufacturing operations to Minnesota State in 2011, and continues to prosper and grow. This expansion has enabled more and more customers to benefit from a module produced locally.

Sourcing from the Local Community

Manufacturing in both Mountain Iron, MN and Marysville, WA, Silicon Energy aims to source products, services and talent in their neighborhoods whenever possible, adhering to a philosophy of supporting the local economy through manufacturing, jobs, local suppliers and partnerships. The company follows sustainable manufacturing practices, helping to minimize environmental impact on the community. In conjunction with local utilities, Silicon Energy has been committed to helping make solar a mainstream energy resource for the greater community. Federal, State and utility incentives can help offset the initial investment required, resulting in an attractive return on investment.

Silicon Energy welcomes visitors, opening its showroom to the community, allowing you to see and experience its story and unique products. We encourage you to stop by to see for yourself the Silicon Energy difference and personally meet a small, local business who is making a big difference in your community.

Copyright 2012 Silicon Energy, LLC. All rights reserved.

MN Information Sheet February 2012

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Silicon Energy MN, LLC

PO Box 376

8787 Silicon Way

Mountain Iron, MN 55768

(p) 218-789-1710

Silicon Energy, LLC 3506 124th Street NE Marysville, WA 98271 (p) 360-618-6500
Silicon Energy, LLC
3506 124th Street NE
Marysville, WA 98271
(p) 360-618-6500
3506 124th Street NE Marysville, WA 98271 (p) 360-618-6500 The Cascade Series is a unique photovoltaic

The Cascade Series is a unique photovoltaic (PV) module designed with an extended lifespan and maximum durability and safety in mind. The ‘glass-on-glass’ architecture is also aesthetically different from other modules on the market, creating the opportunity for innovative module applications such as carports and building awnings. When you opt for Silicon Energy modules, you are choosing a long-lasting, unique product from a local partner.

Features

Unmatched Lifespan and Durability: With a 40+ year usable life, and negligible performance degradation, our modules easily prove their durability against the industry standard of 25 years. The extended module life maximizes energy production and return on investment.

Functional in Extreme Weather:

The Cascade design is frameless to allow snow, water, ice and other debris to “cascade” off the module, enabling them to function even in extreme weather conditions, and providing greater energy harvest.

Functional Beauty: Glass-on-glass module construction allows light to pass between cells, making the modules usable not only on your roof, but also in non-traditional places, such as patio covers, awnings, walkway covers, and carports. Increased airflow behind the modules increases performance.

Custom Hardware: Options for custom mounting hardware colors are available (architectural bronze is standard).

Increased Safety: Module wiring is completely sealed and inaccessible, removing electrical shock hazards.

Utility Grade Product: The product is utility-grade and is much more durable than standard residential products.

Theft Resistant: The Silicon Energy mounting system design is theft resistant.

Class-A Fire Rating: Silicon Energy modules have the highest fire safety rating.

Squirrel & Rodent Proof: Enclosed wiring prevents squirrels and rodents from damaging wiring after installation.

Adhering to a sustainable philosophy and delivering the highest quality modules

Sustainable and locally made! Silicon Energy is committed to doing business in a sustainable way, making each decision with conscientious thought. Silicon Energy works with local partners whenever possible, finds local talent, and has a clean manufacturing facility and processes designed to minimize impact to our community. The environmental consideration in production, and the durability of this product helps make your decision the most sustainable one.

Copyright 2012 Silicon Energy, LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Overview February 2012

Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules

Standard PV Module

Actual Photo
Actual Photo
Standard PV Module Actual Photo Thermal Image Thermal Image Electroluminescence Image Standard glass/plastic modules
Thermal Image Thermal Image
Thermal Image
Thermal Image

Electroluminescence Image

Standard glass/plastic modules showed unequal power levels, hot spotting and dead zones. Images show modules after enduring 18 years (simulated) of NREL test-to-failure protocol testing.

Silicon Energy Cascade PV Module

protocol testing. Silicon Energy Cascade PV Module Actual Photo Electroluminescence Image Silicon Energy

Actual Photo

testing. Silicon Energy Cascade PV Module Actual Photo Electroluminescence Image Silicon Energy modules

Electroluminescence Image

Silicon Energy modules demonstrated stable performance and safety by being the most durable module in NREL’s advanced life cycle testing. Testing to 80 years (simulated) was conducted on Silicon Energy’s module with no measureable performance loss.

Images from NREL “Test-To-Failure of Crystalline Silicon Modules” test report available at http://www.nrel.gov/docs/ fy11osti/47755.pdf . Silicon Energy Cascade PV modules and Standard PV modules were subjected to the same testing.

NREL is an independent testing laboratory that does not endorse commercial products.

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Cascade Series PV Module and Installation System see the difference Silicon Energy ’ s mission

Cascade Series

PV Module and Installation System

see the difference

Silicon Energys mission is to manufacture quality PV systems specifically for the US market that advance durability, longevity of performance and aesthetics.

The Cascade Series PV Module and Installation System has some unique features that differentiate it from other PV systems presently on the market.

PV Module Features:

High efficiency crystalline silicon cells

Strong and durable

Double-glass module construction allows light to pass between cells

Six bypass diodes per module provide improved performance in partial shading

Highest fire rating - Class A

30-year limited power warranty, 5-year materials and workmanship

Installation Systems Features:

Cascade design allows water, snow and ice to easily flow off

Increased air flow behind modules increases performance

Mounting system conceals and protects wires for a clean wireless look

Squirrel proof

Installs on standard 4-foot centers - specifically designed for the US market

Aesthetically pleasing modern appearance

Customer colors available (architectural bronze standard)

modern appearance  Customer colors available (architectural bronze standard) Made in USA Washington * Minnesota
modern appearance  Customer colors available (architectural bronze standard) Made in USA Washington * Minnesota
modern appearance  Customer colors available (architectural bronze standard) Made in USA Washington * Minnesota

Made in USA

Washington * Minnesota

Electrical Characteris cs Measured at STC*

SiE160

SiE165

SiE170

SiE175

SiE180

SiE185

SiE190

SiE195

SiE200

Rated Power (Pmax) Wa s

160

165

170

175

180

185

190

195

200

Maximum Power Voltage (Vmp)

24.7

24.8

24.8

24.9

25.0

25.1

25.3

25.5

25.6

Maximum Power Current (Imp)

6.5

6.7

6.9

7.0

7.2

7.4

7.5

7.7

7.8

Open Circuit Voltage (Voc)

29.9

30.0

30.0

30.1

30.2

30.3

30.5

30.5

30.6

Short Circuit Current (Isc)

7.6

7.7

7.8

7.8

7.8

7.9

7.9

8.2

8.4

Maximum System Voltage (VDC)

 

600

Series Fuse Ra ng Amps (AmpsDC)

 

15

Temperature Coe cients

 

Pmax: 0.566%/°C

Voc: 0.389%/°C

Isc: 0.109%/°C

 

* Standard Test Condi ons (STC) at 1000w/m², AM 1.5 spectrum, 77°F/25°C cell temp.

48 C L
48 C L
48 C L
48 C L

48

48 C L
48 C L

CL

48 C L
48 C L
48 C L
48 C L

3 3/4

AM 1.5 spectrum, 77°F/25°C cell temp. 48 C L 3 3/4 (−) (−) 12 13/16 1/4-20
(−) (−) 12 13/16 1/4-20 Mounting Studs 4 per Module 46 1/4-20 Module 24 46
(−)
(−)
12 13/16
1/4-20 Mounting Studs
4
per Module
46
1/4-20 Module
24
46 1/8
Ground Studs
Module Width
2
per Module
(+)
(+)
21 3/4
(+)
(+)
1/4 in.
Module Overlap
Powder Coated Aluminum
Mounting Foot (Protects Wire)
24
Fastener Slots
3/8 x 1 1/4
Module Connectors
Tyco SolarLok
14AWG Solar Wire
10-32 Ground Stud
10 9/16
(−)
(−)

51 5/8

47 1/2

45 3/4

CL 48 48 CL *Not to Scale, Units in Inches 1 7/8 in. Base of
CL
48
48 CL
*Not to Scale, Units in Inches
1 7/8 in. Base of Mounting Foot
Complies to UL1703, specifications subject to change without notice.

2 1/2

3 3/4

Mechanical Speci ca ons and Ra ngs

 

Weight (module + mounts)

58 lbs. (~65 lbs. / ~4.1 lbs./ ²)

 

Front: 0.125 in. high transmissivity tempered glass Back: 0.125 in. tempered glass Encapsulant: Advanced Encapsulant

Cells

49 crystalline silicon cells wired in series (7 x 7)

Construc on

Diodes

6 bypass diodes per module

 

0.09 in. aluminum alloy 5052 H32 1/4 20 stainless steel studs with ange nuts

Moun ng Foot

0.125 in. powder coated aluminum alloy 5052 H32

Frame

Slope of Module

1.85° (minimum moun ng surface angle 5°)

Temperature Range

40 to 194°F (40 to 90°C)

Fire Ra ng

Class A

Design Load

125 psf

Connectors (Wire)

Tyco SOLARLOK (14 AWG Solar Wire, Length ~32 in.)

Tyco SOLARLOK (14 AWG Solar Wire, Length ~32 in.) Silicon Energy MN, LLC PO Box: 376

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Silicon Energy, LLC 3506 124th Street NE Marysville, WA 98271 USA Tel: 3606186500 Fax: 3606186501 www.silicon energy.com

Solar Inverter Made in Washington SiE3840 and SiE5300 Silicon Energy Solar Inverters are locally manufactured,

Solar Inverter

Made in Washington

Solar Inverter Made in Washington SiE3840 and SiE5300 Silicon Energy Solar Inverters are locally manufactured, high
SiE3840 and SiE5300 Silicon Energy Solar Inverters are locally manufactured, high efficiency, battery-less grid
SiE3840 and SiE5300
Silicon Energy Solar Inverters are locally
manufactured, high efficiency, battery-less grid
interactive devices that are built to last.
Inverters convert the DC power from solar
modules into AC power for use in both
residential and commercial applications
allowing you to feed excess electricity back to
the utility grid.
Features:
High Efficiency Performance: Silicon Energy Inverters have some of the highest conversion
efficiencies in their class at 96.7% (96% CEC).
Operating Range Flexibility: The MPP tracking solar input voltage ranges from 200 to
550VDC with outputs of 208VAC for commercial or 240VAC for residential applications.
Integrated AC/DC Disconnect: A lockable rotary AC/DC switch eliminates the need for an
external disconnect reducing installation time and material costs.
Ease of serviceability: In the highly unlikely event the inverter needs servicing, the
independently sealed inverter enclosure is detached while the wiring box remains on the wall.
LCD display: The system performance is easily monitored on the front of the unit.
• Ground Fault Detection Interruption: GFDI fuse is easily replaced without removing the
inverter covers.
• Fire Safety - Fused Inputs: Four fused solar inputs accessed inside the wiring box help to
protect the inverter and wiring.
• Safe Operation: Complies with US safety standards (UL1741/IEEE1547) with a powder coated
aluminum indoor/outdoor NEMA 3R enclosure.
• Built-in Communications: RS-232 and RS-485 communications interface.
• Made in Washington: Recognized as Made in Washington and qualifies for the solar
production inventive.
• Reliable: Years of proven reliability in domestic and international markets backed by a 10
year warranty.

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Models SiE3840 SiE5300 Negative Ground Inverters Output Data (AC) Output* 240 V 208 V 240
Models SiE3840 SiE5300 Negative Ground Inverters Output Data (AC) Output* 240 V 208 V 240
Models
SiE3840
SiE5300
Negative Ground Inverters
Output Data (AC)
Output*
240 V
208 V
240 V
208 V
Grid Voltage, Operating Range**
211
~ 264V AC
183
~ 228V AC
211
~ 264V AC
183
~ 228V AC
Grid Frequency, Nominal
60 Hz
Grid Frequency, Operating Range**
59.3 ~ 60.5 Hz
Maximum Output Power
3840 W
3300 W
5300W
4600 W
Maximum Output Current
16
A
22.1 A
Output Over-Current Protection
20
A
30
A
Maximum Output Fault Current
20
A
25
A
Startup Current
<
2 A
Maximum Grid Backfeed Current
0 A
Waveform
True Sine
Power Factor
> 0.99
Total Harmonic Distortion
<
3%
DC
Component
< 0.5%
Phase
Split Phase or Single Phase 240
Input Data (DC)
Input Voltage Range
200 ~ 550 V DC
Maximum Input Voltage
600
V DC
PV
Start Voltage*
235
V DC
Maximum Input Current
20
A
25
A
Maximum Input Short Circuit Current
24
A
30
A
Number of Fused String Inputs
4
Efficiency
Maximum Efficiency
96.7%
96.5%
96.4%
96.2%
CEC Efficiency
96.0%
95.5%
96.0%
95.5%
Night-time Tare Loss
0.5W
Environment
Operating Temperature Range
-13 ~ +131°F(-25 ~ +55°C )
Storage Temperature Range
-13 ~ +131°F (-25 ~ +55°C)
Maximum Full Power Operating Temperature without
Derating
131°F (55°C)
127.4°F (53°C)
Relative Humidity
Maximum 95%
Mechanical
Outdoor Enclosure
NEMA 3R, Rainproof
Cooling
Controlled Forced Ventilation
Input and Output Terminals
Accepts wire size of 12 to 6 AWG (4 to 16 mm 2 )
Inverter Weight
50.7
lb (23 kg)
61.7
lb (28 kg)
Shipping Weight
59.5
lb (27 kg)
70.5
lb (32 kg)
Dimensions (HxWxD)
28.8 x 17.9 x 6.9" (732 x 454 x 175 mm)
28.8 x 17.9 x 8.3" (732 x 454 x 210 mm)
Shipping Dimensions (HxWxD)
33.1 x 21.3 x 10.8" (840 x 540 x 275 mm)
33.1 x 21.6 x 12" (840 x 548 x 305 mm)

Features

Communications

 

RS232 and RS485

 

Display

 

LED/LCD

 

Certifications

UL1741, FCC part 15B, IEEE 1547, IEEE C62.41.2, IEEE C37.90.1

Warranty

 

10 Years

 

*Output settings (240 V or 208 V) are unique and made at the factory prior to shipment.

unit is provided with adjustable trip limits and may be aggregated above 30kW on a single Point of Common Coupling.

**Factory Settings can be adjusted with the approval of the utility. This

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PO Box 376 8787 Silicon Way Mt. Iron, MN 55768 Office: (218) 789-1710 Fax: (218)
PO Box 376
8787 Silicon Way
Mt. Iron, MN 55768
Office: (218) 789-1710
Fax: (218) 789-1021
Specifications subject to change without notice.

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