Xandex will employ 235W poly-silicon panels manufactured by Aide Solar for the 60kW phase one installation of the planned 100kW rooftop photovoltaic plant at its new facility in California, US.

Installation of the array will begin next month with expected completion of Phase 1 in May of this year.

Xandex sales applications engineer Kevin Peebles said the company selected the Aide Solar panels based on performance, appearance and price.

"The black frame Aide Solar panels not only provide the sleek aesthetic we wanted for a very visible architectural feature of the building, but also give us the power per square foot we desired in order to maximize output of the array," said Peebles.

"After the final phase is complete, the system will offset over 20% of our annual electricity consumption and result in significant savings over the life of the system."

Aide Solar director Raymond Wiley said the company congratulatse Xandex on its new facility.

"We also applaud their decision to use a rooftop solar installation for energy cost savings, and are pleased that Aide Solar panels are playing a significant role," said Wiley.

Xandex develops products and offers services to worldwide customer bases in the solar energy and semiconductor test equipment markets.