Albuquerque, New Mexico [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Executives from SCHOTT AG, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and local dignitaries have ceremonially broken ground on the company’s new manufacturing facility. The site, located in the Mesa del Sol region of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will produce both photovoltaic (PV) modules and receivers for concentrated solar thermal power plants (CSP). Production is expected to begin as early as spring 2009.
Initially, the company will construct a 200,000 square-foot facility, which will employ 350 people. SCHOTT Solar will invest approximately $100 million to start production in New Mexico. Currently, the site is being graded and prepared for construction. Immediately following the completion of the permitting and approval process, the physical structure will be built. The building is scheduled to be completed at the end of the summer. From there, installation of the manufacturing equipment will take place and the interior will be prepped.
Anticipating the need to increase production of its solar power technologies as the market for renewable energy in the US grows, the new site is designed to support expansion of both its photovoltaic module and solar receiver lines. Long term plans call for the building to expand to 800,000 square feet with employment reaching 1,500 people, representing a total investment of $500 million.
“Recently I announced that SCHOTT Solar was coming to New Mexico and would build a new $500 million-dollar facility to Mesa Del Sol,” said Governor Richardson. “Just weeks later – I am pleased to say – SCHOTT Solar has officially broken ground on their new solar manufacturing facility. SCHOTT is one of the largest, most prestigious solar companies in the world and I am honored to welcome them to New Mexico.”