Solel & Glaston Open US $9M Solar Reflector Manufacturing Facility

Solel Solar Systems announced the opening of a US $9 million factory in Finland, in partnership with Glaston, for the production of parabolic solar reflectors used in Solel’s solar field projects. At the core of the facility is equipment conceptualized by Solel and designed and built by Glaston according to Solel’s specific technical requirements.

The facility is located in Akaa, about 200 kilometers north of Helsinki. It has the capacity to produce 240,000 parabolic solar reflectors a year, enough to power a 50 MW power plant. According to Glaston, operations are expected to begin this month. The factory will give Solel control over capacity, quality and price of its patented solar energy technology, the company said.

“We are very excited about this partnership, uniting the solar know-how and leadership of Solel with the automation processing expertise of Glaston,” said Avi Brenmiller, CEO and president of Solel Solar Systems. “By producing our next generation of parabolic solar reflectors, this new factory will help us advance our SunField LP solar fields, in Spain and around the world, and provide our customers with guaranteed performance.”

Solel has already announced a number of contracts to supply solar thermal technology to Spanish developers and has recently completed the re-supply of most of the solar receivers for the solar power plants under commercial operation in California’s Mojave Desert. Solel’s American division, Solel USA, has a signed agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company to deliver 553 MW of solar power from the Mojave Desert by 2012.

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