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Viridian Solar and Unirac Inc Announce Technology Licensing Deal for Roof Integrated Solar

Major Opportunities in the USA as California Solar Mandate Leads the Way

September 2019

USA in-roof Solar

Viridian Solar and Unirac Inc are excited to announce a new collaboration to bring the UK company's roof-integrated solar technology to the United States. Viridian Solar has granted Unirac an exclusive license to manufacture, market and sell the Clearline fusion roof-integrated solar technology in the US and Latin American markets. Unirac will showcase the product at SPI, Salt Lake City, September 23-26.

Marketed as Clearline fusion in European markets, the product is especially well suited to the new-build residential sector where Viridian Solar has quickly achieved a market-leading position in the United Kingdom, signing up major homebuilders to exclusive national supply agreements. More recently, the formation of a subsidiary in the Netherlands, and recruitment of wholesale partners has led to new successes in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany and Austria.

For more than 20 years, UNIRAC has paced the North American market as a leading provider of PV mounting solutions. Over the last eighteen months, the company has executed a series of new acquisitions, strategic partnerships and new product launches to expand its offering to provide a more complete solar offering.

Welcoming the deal, Peter Lorenz, CEO of Unirac says:

" Our quest to develop, seek out and offer the best and most innovative products on the market led us to Cambridge and Clearline fusion. We selected Viridian Solar's PV roofing system for its elegant simplicity, high-quality materials, robust testing, and proven market performance. The solar mandate comes into force in California in 2020 and we will be ready to offer homebuilders a highly desirable, aesthetically pleasing roof integrated solar option. "

Founded in 2004 by engineers from Cambridge University, Viridian Solar has a long pedigree and solid track-record of designing and manufacturing roof-integrated solar technology. Clearline fusion replaces tiles on pitched roofs, sitting lower in the roofline for improved aesthetics and boasts ease of installation, simple kitting as well as the highest wind resistance and fire rating of any roof-integrated system.

Stuart Elmes, CEO of Viridian Solar explained:

" We have been extremely impressed by the professionalism and dynamism of the Unirac team and look forward to working together to successfully bring products based on Clearline fusion to the United States. The solar mandate in California requires all new built homes to be equipped with solar from 2020 and other states are considering simiilar moves. Unirac's undoubted experience, market reach and reputation will be key to unlocking this tremendous opportunity. "

More information

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