For contract glaziers, installation of solar cells requires close coordination with the supplier of the solar-cell panels and the electrician on the job, says Scott Haber, managing partner of Nanuet, N.Y.-based W&W Glass LLC's Contract Glazing Division.He
recently completed two solar-cell projects in New York City.Such projects definitely require attention to detail, he
said, the installer must make sure that the cells face in the right direction top to bottom, right to left and so forth.
A handful of companies have sprung up in the United States to attend to the vast array of details involved in the custom fabrication of solar-cell panels, Haber
...At The Helena, Haber worked with AltPower of New York City, whose employees coordinate fabrication and installation of solar cells; and Metals Inc. of Carlstadt, N.J., who provided the frame.
The glass solar cells arrived at the job in typical packaging with specific instructions for installation on the labels.AltPower's technicians provided a specific sealant as well.Most of the panels have power boxes attached to them and must be wired, Haber
adds, so the electrician took over after the glaziers completed their work.