SANYO and AVACOS Unveil Canada's First Rooftop Bifacial Solar PV Installation

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Installation at DuROCK Alfacing International Headquarters in Woodbridge

SANYO Canada Inc, a “leading company for energy and environment,” together with AVACOS Solar Energy, a Canadian solar photovoltaic installation and project integration company, unveil the first Canadian photovoltaic system combining SANYO’s HIT® (Heterojuncotin with Intrinsic Thin-layer) Double bifacial solar PV modules and DuROCK Tio-Coat reflective roof membrane at DuROCK Alfacing International Ltd.’s headquarters in Woodbridge.

In managing the project, AVACOS matched the complimenting technologies, which result in additional cost-saving and environmental benefits.

SANYO HIT® Double PV modules generate power from both sides, resulting in up to 30% higher energy output than standard single-sided PV modules, making them ideal for carports, canopies and porch coverings.

DuROCK Tio-Coat is a high-strength white elastomeric urethane roof coating that provides 89% solar radiation reflectivity and weather resistance, reducing the energy usage required for the building compared to traditional roof coverings.

“DuROCK is proud to work with such industry leaders as SANYO and AVACOS on a project combining our technologies and expertise for the benefit of the environment,” said Gary Campacci, President of DuROCK. “The installation of SANYO modules on our existing white reflective roof will ensure a maximum level of performance and cost effectiveness.”

In the 10kW grid-tied array, the SANYO bifacial PV modules will provide renewable energy revenue for DuROCK, while the Tio-Coat membrane will reduce the cooling costs of the building. The combination of these technologies results in increased PV module output from the cooling effect and the increased exposure to solar radiation at the back of the modules due to the high reflectivity of Tio-Coat roof membrane.

“The merging of these two technologies is a great example of the potential that exists within this (solar) industry,” said Sandro Costa, President of AVACOS Solar. “Maximizing the power generation possible from the sun is not only a win-win situation for the client, but for the environment and society as a whole.”

Each company hopes to see similar future projects combining these complementary technologies for improved cost-savings and environmental benefit.


SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global, multi-billion dollar leading company for energy and environment, providing solutions for environment, energy and for lifestyle applications based on its brand vision ‘Think GAIA.’ SANYO Canada Inc. (a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), is a service and sales company that markets a variety of commercial and consumer solutions, including rechargeable batteries, PV modules, HVAC, digital projectors, dual cameras, digital still cameras, home appliances, security video equipment, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics. Please visit or

About AVACOS Solar Energy

AVACOS Solar, is a leading residential and commercial solar photovoltaic energy developer in Ontario. Providing its clients with services ranging from conceptual planning and design to project completion. Specializing in project procurement as well as turnkey installation and integration. AVACOS Solar provides solar-generated PV energy systems at or below current retail utility rates to a broad and diverse client base of commercial, municipal and utility customers. For more information, please visit:

About DuROCK Alfacing International

DuROCK Alfacing International is a Canadian family owned company that has been providing their clients around the world with the finest quality interior and exterior finishing systems since 1980. The company’s broad range of products and systems, including stucco, decorative floor and wall coating, and roof coverings, are subjected to extensive research and rigorous testing to ensure they withstand the most extreme environmental conditions. Please visit

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