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The next solar revolution is here. Now in our 5th year of operations, tenK brings to market a fundamentally superior solar solution that is designed to be more efficient, more reliable and safer than any other solar photovoltaic system available today. It provides the most effective path for businesses to achieve economic and environmental benefits from their solar installations.

RAIS™ PV Module

Always the optimal output.
tenKsolar’s RAIS™ PV module is the world’s only module without cell-to-cell dependency. Conventional solar modules are wired in series – like old style Christmas tree lights. If any one cell is impacted, the output from the entire module is affected. Our module uses conventional, high quality crystalline silicon cells, but we package them in a module design far superior to any other.

Fully Integrated Electronics, Lower Cost of Energy

In order to improve the reliability and performance of solar arrays, many solar companies are now bolting electronic controls onto PV modules. But those approaches can only go so far. tenK realized to get the optimal results for each dollar invested, we needed to design the module and electronics to work together at a level that just isn’t possible with off the shelf components. And as a result, our module design fully integrates the electronics and the PV cells together in a way that reduces cost and optimizes energy output.
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Reflector

More light = more energy.
Turning Empty Space into Energy
The system eliminates wasted space required between rows of traditional solar panels and fills it with reflectors. The reflectors are mounted across from the modules on the north side in a V formation to create a wave pattern. Roof utilization is increased because the RAIS™ PV System system can be placed near roof obstructions such as vent pipes and HVAC equipment where traditional solar PV systems cannot be located.

Comparing rooftop to rooftop, total energy output is up to 60% greater per square foot.

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AC Design

Simple and reliable.
Eliminate Long DC Runs
Proprietary DC runs are expensive, so the sooner sunlight gets to AC, the better. Our design brings AC (208, 240, 277) straight off the array.

No Inverter Siting Issues
With the tenK system, there is no need to find a place in the parking lot for a big inverter. Redundant, low voltage inverters tuck right under the array on the roof, reducing installation costs and operate more efficiently,

More reliable by design
Inverters in conventional high voltage solar systems are very prone to failure. This is because electronics wear out when exposed to high voltages. Inverters in the tenK system do the DC to AC conversion at a low voltage and then step up to AC with a simple, reliable transformer.
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Always reliable,
no matter what.
tenK is built to run no matter what. We’ve even had an array survive a direct hit by a tornado – and not move. Even with some modules smashed by debris, the array still ran and the broken modules still made power, without any risk of shock or arc due to the redundant, low-voltage design. We focus on the applications we do best: commercial scale and utility owned distributed solar.

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Commercial Rooftop

Most energy, zero hassle.
There is only so much space on your roof – you don’t want to waste it by installing conventional solar. Use tenk and get up to 60% more energy per square foot.

Roof friendly: the tenK system is designed for non-penetrating installation.
Low weight: in most applications, a tenK RAIS™ PV System will add 3 to 4 psf to a rooftop.
AC off the roof: your building runs on AC – tenK gets the energy to AC quicker, eliminating the cost and expense of long DC wiring runs.
Low cost: in the end, it’s about a low cost kWh – tenK will deliver lower cost of energy off your roof, every time.
Safety: since it’s so much safer than conventional solar, it’s fair to ask “Would you really want any solar other than tenK on a building you own?”

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Ground Mount

The highest density available.
The same design features that make tenK rooftop systems easy to deploy make tenK ground mount systems install. Options include placing directly on ground to avoid driving pilings or when needed with a support structure. Either way you get the all the advantages of the RAIS PV architecture.

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Carport

Optimized for all conditions.
The tenK RAIS™ PV System is perfect for carport applications. Parking spaces can be parallel or 90 degrees to rows of the array. The tenK system is a functional and attractive addition to any parking garage or parking lot. Our reflectors allow cool, blue light to pass through, creating a unique environment. Why would anyone consider installing a high voltage electrical system that can’t be turned off above a parking lot? Our system runs at a safe low voltage and can be turned off with the flick of a switch. You’ll never worry with tenK’s system.

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tenKsolar is pleased to announce an improved 25 year power warranty for it’s RAIS® PV Module that surpasses any other power warranty in the solar industry today. The new warranty guarantees first year maximum power degradation of 3%, and then an industry leading maximum linear 0.2% annual degradation thereafter through year 25. Typical solar PV warranties allow for a flat 10% loss beginning in year 1 running through year 10, and 20% degradation after year 10 through year 25. Reducing the effect of degradation is extremely valuable in PV solar. By providing a more durable PV module, a tenk RAIS PV module guarantees 12% more energy over the PV modules’s lifetime compared to the typical step function warranty with a typical PV module. When combined with the added energy gained through tenKsolar’s intelligent control electronics and reflection gain, tenKsolar’s complete PV system delivers the lowest cost of energy.

tenKsolar is able to offer this exceptional warranty where conventional PV modules cannot as tenKsolar’s PV module design removes the predominant sources of degradation in PV modules.
Resistance to Water Moisture: the aluminum backsheet in the RAIS PV module, which can be used due to the module’s low voltage (and safe) operation, creates a barrier 10,000 times more resistant to water getting inside the module than a traditional plastic backsheet. Once in side the module, water in conventional PV modules causes corrosion, and delamination (meaning the module comes apart) which results in power losses. tenK’s product eliminates that risk.
Elimination of the “Christmas Tree Lights” effect: The RAIS PV system’s design connects the modules in parallel and the silicon cells inside the RAIS module are connected to all the cells adjacent to it rather than only one after the other. By connecting only to one cell in the module after the other (aka being wired in series), even small microscopic cracks in cells or interconnects cause loss of power in a module and then limit the production of the entire string. As tenK’s modules allows for multiple pathways, tenK modules will not experience that source of power loss.

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Suggested Installation Procedure
Step 1: Grade Terrain
Grade the terrain to within 1/4” out-of flat per 4’ in the East-West direction, and to within 1/2”
out-of-flat per 8’ in the north south direction. Alternately, you can leave the terrain ungraded
and adjust block heights in Step 3. The soil must be able to support 2,000 pounds per square
foot.

Step 2: Apply Landscape Fabric
Apply 25 year weed barrier landscape fabric to the area under the array and several feet
outside the array’s perimeter.

Step 3: Set Concrete Pad Blocks
Set a flat concrete paver block at each location where a fin in the array will fall. Fins in the array
will be spaced 49-1/2” on-center east-west, and 79-3/8” on-center north-south. If you graded
the terrain per Step 1, you can just place the block on the landscape fabric on the graded
ground. If you did not grade, you will need to use gravel, soil, or another suitable material to
shim each block so that it is in compliance with the out-of-flat tolerances in Step 1.

Step 4: Apply Landscape Material
Apply 2” of light-colored landscape material (gravel, wood, rubber, etc.) over the landscape
fabric and around the concrete paver blocks.

Step 5: Set 8” x 8” x 8” Concrete Blocks
Center an 8” x 8” x 8” concrete block on each concrete paver block. It is suggested that the
8” x 8” x 8” concrete blocks be filled with gravel, or attached to the paver with a suitable
construction adhesive to prevent shifting.

Step 6: Install Array
Install the tenKsolar array with fins centered over the rubber pads. See TKS UIG 10004.05 RAIS
Wave Installation Manual, and any current Product Updates based on this manual, for array
construction procedures.

Step 7: Ballast as Required
Ballast the completed array as directed by your structural engineer and AHJ. Alternately,
ground spades attached to the array with stainless steel cable may be acceptable to the
structural engineer and AHJ.