ECD To Build 3-MW of Rooftop PV Spain

Fresh off the heels of announcing that it was planning to lay of 20% of its workforce as part of a restructuring plan, Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) has signed an agreement with Endesa to install 3 megawatts (MW) of UNI-SOLAR photovoltaic (PV) laminates on the rooftops of two Coca-Cola Company buildings in Seville, Spain.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary, United Solar Ovonic, ECD will oversee construction of the rooftop system, which will use UNI-SOLAR laminates bonded to the Giscosa waterproofing system and applied directly on the roofs.

Construction will begin this quarter, with completion expected in the first half of calendar 2010. The system will be owned and managed by Endesa.

“We are excited to partner with ECD and United Solar on our largest rooftop solar project to date. UNI-SOLAR laminates are the perfect product for the type of low-load bearing rooftops that exist all over Spain. Their ability to generate more electricity per rated watt compared to other types of solar products made it easier for us to secure project financing. Additionally, UNI-SOLAR is easy to install, enabling us to install and activate the system in just a few months, allowing a rapid return on our initial investment,” said Andreu Cladera, product manager for PV of Endesa Spain.

Job losses at companies like ECD continue to mount, even as the Obama Administration makes a push for green job creation. Now two Michigan Congressmen have come out to try to protect green manufacturing jobs.

Reps. Pete Hoekstra and Dave Camp last week came out with an editorial critical of the administration’s stance on Federal Prison Industries, which gives manufaturing jobs to prisoners. They said that it is “insane” that while ECD is being forced to cut workers that are manufacturing solar panels, prisoners in New York are keeping their jobs manufacturing panels for other companies.

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