Tariffs got you down? Offset panel and steel price increases with duty-free air.

With the recent imposition of tariffs on imported solar modules and steel, there’s a gray cloud hanging over the U.S. solar industry. As module and steel prices rise, and competitors are driven to lower quality to beef up balance sheets, Sunfolding answers that with built-in advantages: we do more with less, making Sunfolding’s T29™ tracker inherently tariff-proofed. 
 
Here’s why: a cascade of cost-saving benefits unfold from the core of our tracking technology breakthrough, the Sunfolding AirDrive™. The AirDrive entirely replaces steel-based, high-wear mechanical components -- including the tracker motor and controls, torque tubes, and dampers, to name just a few -- with the power and resilience of air springs. The same technology that stops heavy-load big rig trucks and glides trains through varied terrains, softly, swiftly, and precisely tracks the sun. Additionally, with fewer steel-based tracking components comes lighter and smaller posts with lower requirements for ground clearance, further reducing a project’s overall steel load. 
 
The Sunfolding T29 drives down construction costs in a few other vital ways. By utilizing off-the shelf components, used in industries with stringent reliability and safety requirements, installing the Sunfolding T29 is akin to a plug-n-play product. With three structural components and two bolt types, the AirDrive is engineered for simplicity and ease with a set and repeat installation. Crews can move fast with simplified logistics, fewer installation steps, and overall component simplicity. 
 
But, as the saying goes, that’s not all. Our tracker row lengths are driven by electrical string size, meaning that partial rows are no longer partial. The Sunfolding T29 allows for any row length and fits neatly into tight corners, opening up greater layout flexibility and allowing for optimized yield versus capacity configurations and the possibility of fewer modules providing more power. 
 
Innovation is at the core of what Sunfolding does; we are on a mission to supply the solar industry with hassle-free power plant solutions that make a clean energy powered world a reality, despite the ever-shifting winds of policy and politics. Stay tuned for our next newsletter, and learn how we are shining the sun on American automotive manufacturing and further tariff-proofing our product.
 
Tariff-proof your project today.

Sunfolding is unfolding into a new, larger space

Sunfolding has moved its headquarters to 1040 Mariposa Street in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. The new space has more than three times the square footage of the old headquarters, meeting the needs of a quickly expanding team and operations. It has a spacious reliability lab, comfortable office space,  ready-made conference rooms, and also comes with a state-of-the art fabrication shop -- a welcome addition installed by the previous occupants -- so we can keep moving product innovations  forward.

Skylights and large windows means sunlight reaches every corner. “We simply couldn’t have found a more perfect spot to grow our team,” said Jurgen Krehnke, CEO and trusted leader, “it meets so many of our needs. We look forward to filling in all of the sunlit corners.” Hey, much like how Sunfolding’s technology fills sunlit corners, too!

While the retro charm of the old office at the historic Schoenstein Pipe Organ Factory will be missed, the new location is right where the company needs to be -- a beautiful space to unfold and expand global operations and reach.

Set up a time to visit us and get a tracker demo! 

SPI 2017

Thank you to all attendees who stopped by our booth #2674 at Solar Power International. This event is always a great opportunity to meet with customers, connect with old colleagues, and discover new technologies and products. On the trade show floor, we felt heartened by solar progress even in the face of the solar tariff uncertainty. 


If we didn't have the chance to connect and you'd like a demo of the Sunfolding T29, please contact sales@sunfolding.com.

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Jurgen Krehnke named CEO of Sunfolding

Sunfolding has appointed Jurgen Krehnke to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Krehnke's remarkable background in solar, manufacturing, and global markets, position him well to lead the company into its next phase of mass production and growth.
"I'm thrilled to have Jurgen join the team," said Leila Madrone, Sunfolding's CTO and Founder. "Sunfolding is at an exciting inflection point: we're set for massive scale up over the next few years and it's the perfect time to have Jurgen on-board to build the business while I continue to focus on delivering technological innovation."

Experienced Executive & Leader
Prior to joining Sunfolding, Krehnke brought a turn-around to KACO New Energy as CEO for the Americas. He expanded state-side manufacturing serving North, Central and South American solar markets and supply chains, while turning KACO into a top 5 regional inverter manufacturer. Prior to KACO, he was president and general manager of SMA America, the US division of world market leader for solar inverters, SMA Technologie AG. Under his leadership, the company grew more than 15-fold, creating several hundred "green collar jobs" and established US and Canada-based manufacturing.

Previously, Krehnke was an Executive in Silicon Valley's semiconductor industry, most notably with top ten players Philips Electronics and NXP Semiconductors.