Leading renewables developer, services and systems provider BayWa r.e announced it has partnered with professional solar shipping solutions pioneer PVpallet to distribute its reusable solar module shipping solution.
The flagship product PVpallet Series X is now available through BayWa r.e.'s subsidiary BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC. It is viewed as the first-of-its-kind reusable, recyclable and collapsible pallet that is specifically designed for solar modules.
PVpallets are made from post-consumer HDPE plastic with a steel-reinforced base and plastic sidewalls to protect solar modules in transit. The exterior walls are adjustable to fit various module sizes. Additionally, the walls collapse and pallets stack for easy return shipping and to maximize warehouse space. PVpallets enable improved efficiencies and waste reduction throughout the solar supply chain, including manufacturing, distribution, installation, decommissioning and recycling, warehouse storage, and construction waste disposal.
From an environmental perspective, the significant benefit of PVpallets is that they replace traditional wood pallets and reduce waste—which is often an underestimated aspect along the pathway to maximize decarbonization in the solar industry.
Commenting on the environmental benefits brought out by PVpallets, David Dunlap, vice president of product strategy with BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC, said:
Philip Schwarz, co-founder and CEO of PVpallet, commented on the partnership: "Like BayWa r.e., sustainability drives everything we do, and this partnership will help reduce waste in the solar industry."
As a leading U.S. distributor of top-tier solar and energy storage components and systems, BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC is also exploring future options to make it easy for installers to use the modular pallets in a closed-loop transport arrangement, such as lease agreements for a fleet of pallets or a deposit model.