25 Jan '13, 6pm

Soitec Opens CPV Module Manufacturing Facility in San Diego, Calif.

Soitec Opens CPV Module Manufacturing Facility in San Diego, Calif.

During the bustle of the holiday season, many may have missed a rare occurrence — a CPV module manufacturing plant opened its doors in the U.S. Soitec, known for manufacturing semiconductors, acquired the facility in December 2011, and it is now equipped to produce its Concentrix technology modules. I’ll be headed to the plant in February for a tour of the facility as part of the Solar Power-Gen Conference and Expo . 140 MW of the 280-MW capacity, 176,000 square foot facility is already operational, and ready to fulfill the 300 MW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) Soitec expects to fulfill. During construction, the $150-million project employed 280 workers, and is expected to employ 450 jobs once it reaches full capacity, which includes joint development and production of lense plates used in its CPV modules. CPV technology uses special optics, such as lenses or mirrors,...

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