Global Solar Opens 40-MW Plant

Global Solar Energy has announced the official opening of its new Tucson, Arizona based manufacturing plant for CGIS solar cells. The plant’s first phase full-production capacity will be 40 megawatts (MW). Global Solar is simultaneously breaking ground on what will be one of the world’s largest CIGS solar fields, at 750 kilowatts (kW), and commissioning its 35-MW plant in Berlin, Germany to open in fall 2008.

With plans to put an additional 100 MW into production at the end of 2009, Global Solar plans to bring its total global capacity to 170 MW in 2010. The company also plans to generate production power on-site through a 750 kW, utility-scale CIGS power system that will be installed by MMA Renewable Ventures.

“The solar energy market is rapidly growing as a premier choice of alternate energy. CIGS photovoltaic technology provides the market with a new renewable energy option offering the greatest potential for driving down the installed cost of energy,” said Mike Gering, CEO of Global Solar. “Through this large-scale expansion, Global Solar is continuing to lead the industry and convert solar energy potential into reality. Equipped with our years of actual production experience developing repeatable, reliable processes, we are prepared to help drive the solar market into the next level of product innovation and adoption.”

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