For Immediate Release

Silicon Energy and CrystaLite Deliver Beautiful Solar PV-Integrated Structures
Seattle, WA – May 16, 2013 – CrystaLite, a Northwest manufacturer of high quality skylights, sunrooms, and railing systems, and Silicon Energy, an innovative manufacturer of high durability, double-glass photovoltaic (PV) modules, are working together to deliver pre-engineered, integrated, customized PV solutions. This unique partnership delivers dual-purpose PV-integrated patio and carport coverings, electric car charging carports, and picnic shelters that provide cover while also generating electricity for your home or business. By combining high quality custom structures and railing systems from CrystaLite with Silicon Energy’s tempered glass solar modules and mounting systems, architects and designers can specify integrated structure and railing systems that are strong, durable, weather resistant, and nearly maintenance free. Additionally, these pre-engineered PV solutions provide solar contractors new opportunities to offer beautiful, PV-integrated structures to their customers. These structures are offered in modular 4’ widths, and can incorporate CrystaLite railing systems with glass panel, aluminum pickets or stainless steel cable railings. Silicon Energy and CrystaLite PV-integrated structures can be grid-tied,or battery backed to generate electricity in remote locations, giving system owners an alternative to traditional roof or ground mounted installations.

This 7.2kW PV-Integrated system reduces summer heat, provides shelter, and generates electricity.


Silicon Energy manufactures an innovative doubleglass PV module that balances beauty, safety, quality, and long-term durability. Backed by CrystaLite’s expertise in engineered high quality structural solutions, home and business owners can benefit from an integrated PV structure that is built to last, even in the most severe environmental conditions. CrystaLite‘s railing systems are structurally designed and stamped by an independent structural engineer, and can be sized and spaced to meet code requirements and exposure criteria for wind speeds up to 120 mph. An engineer's wet stamp is available on request for job specific requirements, for both railing and structures. Silicon Energy’s double-glass design allows light transmission through the PV module with a mounting system that fully encloses and protects the system wiring, delivering an aesthetically pleasing and practical shelter. The open-framed, shingle-like mounting of the Cascade Series PV Module and Mounting System maximizes shedding of snow, dirt and debris from the modules, which optimizes system performance. Silicon Energy’s modules come with an industry leading 30-year power warranty, a 125psf load rating, and Class-A fire safety rating. "A paradigm shift is needed in how we look at PV,” commented Silicon Energy President Gary Shaver. “We need to think beyond the roof and fields and integrate PV even more into our local communities, bringing the beauty and benefits of distributed generation of PV into our built environment. The partnership between Silicon Energy and CrystaLite will provide the tools to do this with pre-engineered PV structure packages that combine beauty and functionality."

3.0kW and 5.0kW electric vehicle charging stations CrystalLite and Silicon Energy Integrated PV Solutions are modular and flexible, offering architects and designers a customized offering for patio covers, carports, deck covers, or picnic shelters. Solutions are available in 4’ widths and lengths, with both self-supporting and lean-to options. Installations are performed by CrystaLite and Silicon Energy’s preferred installation providers, and may benefit from the 30% Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit. CrystaLite’s Marketing Manager, John Westerfield, stated, “This partnership raises the bar for PV installations, allowing PV to be more integral to the design, and architecturally pleasing. Our approach makes it a viable option for residential and commercial integrated PV structures, building resilience into our environment with onsite, distributed self-generation of power. Our relationship with Silicon Energy

brings new meaning to a community collaborative business model––both companies are located in Snohomish County, WA and are focused on delivering high quality, high durability structural solutions.” Preferred installation partners can purchase Silicon Energy and CrystaLite systems starting July 1, 2013.

4.8kW solar picnic shelter

About Silicon Energy Founded in 2007, Silicon Energy delivers the highest quality and most durable photovoltaic (PV) modules on the market today, backed by one of the best warranties in the world. Located in Washington and Minnesota, Silicon Energy’s sustainable approach to doing business offers customers a world-class, locally manufactured and environmentally-friendly solar PV product. The company’s philosophy of supporting the local and US economy and its commitment to creating long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing PV allows customers to be confident that while they are reducing their carbon footprint they are also contributing to their local economy. Silicon Energy PV Systems are available through select partners for home, commercial, government, and utility installations. For more information about Silicon Energy, please visit or call (360) 618-6500 or (218)-789-1710. About CrystaLite Founded in 1982, CrystaLite is a Northwest Washington manufacturer of high quality roof glazing, sunrooms, and railing systems. Made in America, Built Local - by local employees throughout the regional supply chain. Primary vendors are located in Portland and Hood River, OR; with 80% of raw materials sourced locally in Washington and Oregon. For more information about CrystaLite, Inc., please visit or call (425) 259-6000. For Media Inquiries Revolution PR for Silicon Energy Jennifer Karkar Ritchie, 206-354-8049, Aaron Hilst, 206-355-3506,

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