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Santa Clara, CA January 5, 2016 – MiaSolé recently installed its FLEX-02 solar modules over an existing carport, built by Baja Construction, at the Oakley Executive RV and Boat Storage facility. This project was designed to highlight the efficacy of MiaSolé FLEX solar modules for retrofitting existing carports built with industry standard 7.2 trapezoid corrugated metal panels without adding additional racking or reinforcing the carport steel structure to support the new solar array.

The installation of solar carports on both private- and public-owned parking lots provides a cost-effective opportunity to generate renewable energy without consuming additional land resources. Parking lots have more solar potential and less shading issues than rooftop solar and it can be easier and less disruptive to install solar on carports vs. rooftops. Solar PV parking canopies offer the parking lot owner and users considerable value:

  • Highly desirable shade for parked cars.
  • Rain, hail and snow protection
  • Protection from hail damage
  • Reduced UV exposure
  • Reduced parking lot temperatures and heat island effect
  • Low-cost renewable power generation
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MiaSole lightweight and flexible solar modules add power generation to existing carport

MiaSolé FLEX-02 thin film modules allow owners of existing low live-load capacity carports the ability to add solar power generation without the need to reinforce the structure or, in extreme cases, tear down the original carport and rebuild. MiaSolé FLEX-02 modules offer the same high-efficiency power output as standard crystalline modules while weighing less than 9-oz/sf compared to 3-5 lbs. /sf for crystalline modules. MiaSolé FLEX-02 flexible and lightweight thin-film solar modules can be installed over new and existing carports designed with 7.2 corrugated and standard architectural standing seam metal panels. The FLEX-02 simple self-adhesive peel-n-stick application provides the lowest labor cost of any solar carport system.

According to Baja Construction CEO Robert Hayworth, “The MiaSolé FLEX module installation was incredibly fast. The peel-and-stick application was ideal for our standard light-gauge 7.2 corrugated roll-formed steel carport roof, and the completed design is not visible from the ground level. MiaSolé allowed me to add solar energy generation to the carport without any changes to the structure.”

About Baja Construction, LLC

Headquartered in Martinez, California, Baja Construction, Inc. (‘Baja’) is a specialized construction company committed to designing and engineering solar steel structures.  Baja has been building carport and steel structures for over 25 years.  Considered a leader in solar support structures, Baja operates nationally and has installations in 34 states. Additional information about Baja Construction can be found at

About MiaSolé

MiaSolé is a producer of thin-film Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cells and panels. Founded in 2004, MiaSolé has evolved from a Silicon Valley start-up to the world leader in thin-film solar panel efficiency. In its Sunnyvale, CA facility, we have demonstrated 16% module efficiency in production and 18% cell efficiency in the lab. In December 2012, MiaSolé became a member of the Hanergy family. MiaSolé joined Hanergy Thin Film Power Group as MiaSolé Hi-Tech. Hanergy provides unparalleled financial, technical, and sales expertise. Since the acquisition, MiaSolé has continued to increase cell performance as well as develop new applications for our technology. Additional information about MiaSolé can be found by visiting on Facebook at

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