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SunPower, Toshiba Set World Record

Manufacturing Group | December 6, 2012

A new solar panel featuring a 20.1% efficiency rating will be marketed exclusively by Toshiba in the Japanese home segment.

SunPower, Toshiba Set World Record

SunPower Corp. will supply Toshiba with its new world-record efficiency solar panel beginning this month, extending Toshiba's solar efficiency leadership in the Japanese residential market. SunPower's new E20/250NE solar panel features a 20.1% efficiency rating delivering 250 watts per 72-cell module, and will be marketed exclusively by Toshiba in the Japanese homes segment.   The module features the all-back contact Maxeon solar cell designed and manufactured by SunPower Corporation which offers world-record efficiency.

Since SunPower first partnered with Toshiba in 2010, it has delivered more than 150MW of its high-efficiency solar panels to Toshiba.

"With our new supply agreement with SunPower, Toshiba will continue to meet the growing demand for high efficiency solar systems from our customers in the Japanese residential market," says Toshiba Executive Officer, Corporate Vice President, Takeshi Yokota.  "Through our solid partnership with SunPower, and the ability to exclusively sell their new 250-watt, 20.1% efficiency solar panel, we continue as the solar efficiency leader in Japan."

"Since 2010 we have enjoyed a strong partnership with Toshiba, a leader in the fast-growing Japanese solar market. Toshiba stands for innovation and quality, and so our brands are well matched as we work together to provide high efficiency, high reliability solar panels and systems in Japan," says Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO.  "We're confident that our new E20 / 250 watt high efficiency solar panels will drive significant growth in this market and be a win-win for both companies."

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