Global Solar Energy Opens Larger Tucson Plant
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Author: CompoundSemi News Staff
March 10, 2008... Global Solar Energy of Tucson, Arizona, a maker of thin-film CIGS solar cells announced the official opening of its new, 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant. The plant has a phase one, full-production capacity of 40 megawatts (MW) per year. Global Solar notes that it is simultaneously breaking ground on a 750 KW CIGS solar fields (one of the world’s largest), and is commissioning a 35 MW plant in Berlin, Germany to open in fall 2008.
Global Solar has expanded from its former 33,000 sq. ft. factory to the new 100,000 sq. ft. facility in Tucson and is beginning construction of its 32,000 sq. ft. factory in Berlin, Germany. The company notes that the addition of the two new facilities will increase its annual capacity from 4.2 MW to 75 MW. Global Solar plans an additional 100 MW into production at the end of 2009, bringing its total annual capacity to 175 MW.
Tom Kimbis, acting director at the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technology Program, commented, "Production from this facility will help satisfy the strong demand for solar product across the world, while providing local residents of Tucson, already a Solar America City, with jobs in a rapidly-growing, high-tech industry. The addition of the Tucson Global Solar plant will help meet the 2015 goal of the Solar America Initiative of achieving solar electricity cost competitiveness with grid electricity, especially through the use of flexible CIGS thin-film technologies in building-integrated applications." Company News Release
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