Two SOLARPHIRE glasses named 2009 solar products of year

SOLARPHIRE PV glass, SOLARPHIRE AR glass selected by USGlass magazine readers

Solarphire AR glass (left) and Solarphire PV glass are the two latest ultra-clear, low-iron products from PPG designed to make the conversion of solar light into power more efficient and affordable.
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3, 2010 –

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3, 2010 –


PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3, 2010 – Solarphire PV (photovoltaic) and Solarphire AR (anti-reflective) glasses were recognized as solar products of the year by readers of USGlass magazine.


USGlass magazine subscribers in the retail and glazing contractor categories were polled to determine the most significant product introductions of 2009. Solarphire PV and Solarphire AR glasses won in the solar product category.

Introduced in March 2009, Solarphire PV glass has a proprietary formulation that delivers enhanced transmittance in the ultraviolet/visible portion of the solar spectrum, between 350 and 1100 nanometers, where crystalline photovoltaic cells are most responsive to the sun’s energy. As a result, Solarphire PV glass transmits more solar energy than leading competitive products, which increases the energy efficiency of solar cells.

Solarphire AR glass, which debuted the following month, is formulated with a proprietary anti-reflective coating that facilitates the efficient conversion of solar light into energy. In 3.2-millimeter thicknesses, Solarphire AR glass yields a solar-weighted transmittance of more than 93 percent, making it one of the industry’s most transmissive glass products.

For more about Solarphire PV and Solarphire AR glasses, or to request a sample, visit or call 1-888-PPG-SUN1 (774-7861).

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2009 were $12.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit

Solarphire is a trademark of PPG Industries.
Rob Struble
PPG Performance Glazings

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