HelioVolt was founded in 2001 in order to commercialize a technology widely believed to be one of the most exciting and promising in our industry today. HelioVolt is the first thin-film company combining high-efficiency products with low-cost manufacturing capabilities to create a new generation of Copper Indium Gallium (di)Selenide (CIGS) based solar modules.
Based in Austin, TX, HelioVolt is producing thin film solar PV modules for commercial rooftop, utility–scale ground mount, BIPV and custom installations. Our 125,000 sqft world class research and manufacturing center, is a LEED certified facility setting new standard for high-quality low-cost manufacturing while maintaining sustainable practices.
2001: HelioVolt is founded to develop and commercialize a revolutionary FASST® process for applying CIGS thin-film photovoltaics directly onto conventional construction materials.
2005: HelioVolt closed $8 million in Series A venture funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA).
2006: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), HelioVolt announce an extension to the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for the development of non-vacuum nanomaterial-based deposition processes optimized for HelioVolt's proprietary FASST® manufacturing technology.
2007: HelioVolt raises Series B funding round for a total of $101 million, with investments from NEA, Paladin Capital, Masdar, Morgan Stanley, Abengoa Solar, Sequel Venture Partners, Noventi Ventures, and Passport Capital.
2008: HelioVolt Corporation announces that its proprietary FASST® reactive transfer printing process has produced thin film solar cells with 12.2 percent conversion efficiencies in a record setting six minutes.
2008: HelioVolt announces its first factory for manufacturing high-performance thin film solar energy products. The 122,400 square foot sustainable facility in Austin, Texas.
2009: Industry veteran, Jim Flanary, joins HelioVolt as CEO to lead the company in its next production scale up and product commercialization stage.
2010: HelioVolt achieves NREL verified 11.8% module.
2011: HelioVolt closes $85 million in Series C funding, with $50 million from SK Innovation. HelioVolt modules pass certification testing and ship first commercial products to customers. Modules achieve 12.6% efficiency.
2012: HelioVolt launches additional High Performance modules and leads the industry with tightest power distributions commercially available.