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Solar energy FAQ's

We’re here to answer your questions about our corporate history, research efforts, and the technological discoveries underway. Got a question we didn’t answer? Contact us now.

What are solar panels made of?

Solar panel technology and manufacturing is evolving, but the science remains the same. The panels are a collection of photovoltaic cells that encase silicon or other semiconductor material in a glass. When sunlight hits the cells, the electrons flee the raw material. When the electrons are trapped, they create voltage. Once they’re transported through wiring, those volts are pure energy.

Where are solar panels produced?
The majority of solar installations in the United States (80%) use imported panels. The raw materials are sourced from all over the world, most notably from Malaysia (36 percent), South Korea (21 percent), China, Thailand, and Vietnam each contributing 8 to 9 percent. Rayton Solar is one of the few American solar cell manufacturers that is less expensive ($0.24 per Watt solar cells vs. $0.46 avg. per Watt cost)
What is Rayton Solar's main mission in the solar energy industry?

To create the world’s most cost-effective solar cells to reduce energy costs, contribute more towards advancements in sustainable manufacturing technologies, and transform the main energy source of the world.

WHAT IS REGULATION A+ EQUITY CROWDFUNDING?
In March 2015, the SEC finally moved on rules under Title IV of the JumpStart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012, paving the way for private companies to raise up to $50 million from unaccredited investors, subject to investment limits described below. This new rule is known as “Regulation A+” or “Reg A+.” Although there are two tiers to Regulation A+, Rayton Solar is pursuing an offering under Tier II. For Tier II, non-accredited individual investors can invest a maximum of the greater of 10% of their net worth or 10% of their net income in a Reg A+ offering (per offering). There is no limit for non-accredited investors in Tier II. Investors are able to self-certify their income or net worth for purposes of the investment limits so there will be no burdensome documentation required to prove income or net worth.
what is kerf loss?

Kerf is defined as the width of material that is being removed by a cutting process. In the case of a  diamond wire saw which is the conventional tool for cutting a silicon ingot, kerf loss is high—upwards of 50% of the silicon is wasted. Additionally, these methods are limited in their capacity— wafers cannot be cut thinner than 80-200 microns due to mechanical friction. In contrast, our method has the capacity to create a 2-micron thick solar cell wafer with zero waste, using a far more efficient semiconductor material in Gallium Arsenide.

Where can I find company reviews of Rayton Solar?

Rayton Solar has been featured in various publications for its groundbreaking research and technology. Please visit our Press page to learn why Rayton is considered one of the best solar panel manufacturers in the U.S. today.

Can I receive a refund if I invest?
Upon receipt of an investor’s funds by the company’s escrow agent, along with the executed subscription agreement, the sale of the shares is considered consummated without eligibility for refund.
Do you anticipate listing Rayton Solar shares on an exchange either before or after the product is developed?

We are keeping all of our options open with respect to the capital markets. Our priority is doing what is in the best interest of enhancing shareholder value.

What do you see as the biggest obstacle for solar energy? How does Rayton Solar plan to address that?

The solar industry currently needs subsidies for it to be cost-competitive with other energy sources. Rayton Solar has produced the solar cell technology that has the potential to be cost-effective to the point where subsidies are not needed for solar panels to be the cheapest source of energy.

Who is your top competition? What sets your company apart?
There are a few main competitors, but neither can compete with Rayton Solar when it comes to projected cost and technology. Rayton Solar is the only company using particle accelerator technology that’s capable of reducing the cost of gallium arsenide and other raw super-semiconductor materials in order to bring solar power to mass-market affordably.
Does Rayton Solar plan to sell solar panels directly to consumers?

Rayton Solar plans to sell to retailers, contractors, and wholesalers who will then supply to consumers. You can read about our three-phased solar scaling strategy here.

What do you see as the biggest benefit to those interested in investing in Rayton's solar cell wafers and technology?

Raising funds through crowdfunding is an excellent opportunity to jumpstart a transformative clean energy startup. Rayton Solar aims to reduce the cost to make solar panels while making them more efficient, helping create a brighter tomorrow.

Why offer a crowdfunding campaign to facilitate investment in solar panels?
Our technology and its impact can influence everyone’s lives in a positive way. Support gained through crowdfunding is critical, both to get the word out about our technology and garner the support we need to bring our technology to production.
What is your estimated timetable for completing the development and going to market?
We anticipate completing phase I development of our solar-powered projects in 2018 and going to market in 2019.

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