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Velociti has announced a partnership with Merlin Solar.
Through its Instant ROI program, Velociti will allow fleets to use the return on investment (ROI) from using solar power to pay for the solution while bringing forth savings on fuel, extending battery life and reducing overall carbon footprint. Customers will be able to quickly realize the benefits of solar from the day of the first install yet not incur the upfront expense.
As a certified Merlin Solar partner, Velociti will offer a turn-key solution, including product, deployment and maintenance for commercial vehicles, trailers, liftgates, and last mile delivery vans. For added protection, Velociti’s industry leading VeloCare program provides customizable front-line support, proactive technology health monitoring and field repairs as part of the program, the company says.
“We are excited to partner with Merlin Solar and bring cutting edge solutions to our fleet customers,” says Ryan Powell, senior vice president of sales, Velociti. “Merlin Solar’s unique customized solar panels have been successfully deployed in some of the world’s harshest environments. The technology saves fuel, reduces battery, starter and alternator costs, effectively eliminating jump starts, extending battery life, increasing reliability and minimizing the effect of parasitic loads.”
Merlin Solar has set out to fundamentally rethink the way solar panels are engineered, with the goal of far reaching deployment. The companies say the unique Merlin grid-patented technology is 80 percent lighter than glass systems, saving 20 percent more energy in real world conditions. Merlin Solar’s rugged design also is more durable than standard solar panels with 2.5 times higher power density than thin film technology, the company adds.
Solar solutions are proving to be the next wave of transportation technology, helping fleets control costs and improve efficiencies. Solar power is useful for supplying energy to parts of the vehicle that normally would be powered by the battery, extending the runtime of battery HVAC systems while also reducing the load on the alternator and resulting in fuel savings. Switching to solar also reduces idling time and extends the life of a transportation asset, all additional ways to control expenditures, the companies say.
“Velociti’s expertise in installation and comprehensive technology solutions combined with truly understanding customer business needs, ensure a smooth deployment and maintenance program to make them a strong partner for our solar solution product line,” says Dr. Venkatesan Murali, founder and CTO, Merlin Solar.
“We are looking forward to the partnership with Merlin Solar and confident the technology will bring immediate benefits to our customers. Offering our Instant ROI program demonstrates just how certain we are in the financial benefits of solar,” adds Powell.