Product Details

Our RetroFIT product uses exactly the same technology as is found on our car park shades but can be
quickly and easily attached to existing structures. The cells come in flexible strips and are available
with a wide range of backing fabrics.

RetroFIT can be laid straight onto a clean dry surface via its own self-bonding system and electrical connectivity is kept simple through the ‘plug and play’ power hook up.

RetroFIT has four key features that make it an ideal solution for situations where previously it would
not have been possible to install a solar energy creating capability:

  • Flexibility: the solar cells are mounted on a high quality PVC fabric base. This enables the cells to be easily attached to a non-flat surface such as a curved stadium roof.
  • Visual impact: RetroFIT, by nature of it being fabric based, can be fitted discretely to any structure with no impact on the skyline.
  • Weight: RetroFIT weighs 1.4kg/m2. This is significantly less than equivalent hard solar and allows the installation of RetroFIT onto roofs without the need for any reinforcement to the building structure. RetroFIT’s unique bonding system means that there is also no requirement for a supporting frame, further reducing the weight of the system. This, alongside its low visual impact, has proved particularly significant for older buildings, especially where the building is listed and reinforcing the roof or impacting the visual appearance is not a viable option.
  • Year round capability: as with our car park shades, RetroFIT will continue to generate electricity at 80% of capacity on a cloudy UK winters day, ensuring year round power generation from any installation.

The majority of the world’s commercial buildings were built before a product such as RetroFIT was available. RetroFIT now enables owners, landlords and occupants to benefit from clean solar energy with minimum installation disruption. With RetroFIT being a modular product, any installation can easily be expanded at a future date. TSCC continues to improve its products and is currently using *aSi and CIGS PV technology in its RetroFIT-solar projects.

The Solar Cloth Company will work with customers, reviewing their power generation requirements and advising on the quantity of RetroFIT needed, advising on where and how RetroFIT will be installed as well as the supply and installation of RetroFIT itself. At present TSCC is in discussions with several institutions and government departments on the feasibility of using RetroFIT-solar on listed buildings, watch for NEWS.

*aSi (amorphous silicon) and CIGS (copper Indium Gallium diSelenide)