Research Project Information

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Solar Home Rural Electrification Project(ST4533-1)

Sunwize Technologies, Inc.


More than 7,000 villages within the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, have no access to basic electricity services. A revolving loan program will be established by the State of Chihuahua and the U.S. government to finance the purchase of photovoltaic (PV)-based energy systems. Applications will include electrification for rural homes, village power systems, water-pumping systems, and systems that support infrastructure and development. SunWize's SolaGen-Pac,TM, product will be modified to produce a line of solar home-system products to meet the needs of this large Mexican market.

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Project Description

To develop and test a PV/battery system to serve remote home-power needs in developing countries. SunWize will design, specify, manufacture, test, and deliver 200 solar home systems based on a modification of SunWize's SolaGen-PacTM product line. The systems will be pre-assembled and factory-tested, and feature state-of-the-art components, including a microprocessor-based controller with low-battery disconnect, sealed deep-cycle battery, single-crystal PV modules, and complete accessories in a lockable enclosure.


This product will provide solar-generated home power for large markets in developing countries and smaller domestic markets. Developing this product for large-quantity sales in foreign markets will allow for bulk component purchases and more efficient manufacturing that will reduce costs for domestic systems. This product has potential applications for remote homes or cabins in New York State. This project will create job growth and export opportunities for SunWize. The product's projected revenues are $200,000 in the first year, and up to $2.5 million in the fifth year.

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Sunwize Technologies, Inc.
1155 Flatbush Rd.
Kingston, NY 12401

Principle Investigator

David Kulik

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Energy Power Supply

NYSERDA Contact Information

Jennifer Harvey


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST4533-1

Last Updated: 1/21/2014