ASE Americas, manufacturer and marketer of high performing solar electric wafers, cells and modules, has completed a major expansion of its facility in Billerica, Massachusetts.BILLERICA, Massachusetts 2002-03-18 [SolarAccess.com] This expansion increases ASE’s solar wafer production from 12 to 20 megawatts per year at the Billerica facility, which is in addition to a 60 megawatt expansion currently underway at ASE’s parent organization, RWE Solar GmbH in Alzenau, Germany. “We have stepped beyond twenty-five years of research and development in the solar electric industry into a new and exciting production phase using ASE’s proven technology,” said Tom Zarrella, Chief Operating Officer for ASE Americas. “With our modern, continuous production technology and dedicated employees, we are well-positioned to greatly expand the number of applications using ASE modules, and increase our portfolio of products to meet customer needs.” The company employs 245 people working three shifts, seven days per week and has been located at their current location since 1986. More than 4,000 homes can be powered with 20 MW of solar photovoltaic power. ASE hosted the celebration overlooking dozens of crystalline silicon wafer growers. The wafers are produced from molten silicon, grown in thin, hollow octagonal tubes, 20 feet in length, a technology called edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG). ASE developed the EFG process, which is considered the most efficient commercial solar wafer production technology in the world. A fast growing company with a proven technology, ASE Americas delivers the lowest cost solar energy in the industry, which has grown 25 percent per year for the last five years. During this same period, ASE Americas has grown 40 percent per year.