Spire Corporation, a supplier of photovoltaic manufacturing equipment and solar electric systems, has announced that its Spire Solar Chicago manufacturing plant was formally opened in the new Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT).BEDFORD, Massachusetts – May 8, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Ceremonies for the opening of CCGT were officiated by Chicago Department of Environment Commissioner N. Marcia Jiminez, with Mayor Richard M. Daley delivering the Keynote Address. Spire’s President & C.E.O., Roger G. Little, accepted from the City an award for Spire’s contributions in the promotion and installation of Renewable Energy in Chicago and the development of the CCGT. Daley’s administration has been a driving force for the development of Chicago as a sustainable and energy efficient city. Currently the city is one of the largest non-utility purchasers of Renewable Energy in the USA. A major component in the mayor’s drive is the CCGT – a center highlighting environmental and economic reclamation of an existing brownfield in the West Side of Chicago. Spire Solar Chicago is the city’s anchor tenant in CCGT, and has provided over 35 kW of roof and window awning photovoltaic modules to provide Renewable Energy directly to the center. Spire Solar Chicago’s operations facility in CCGT incorporates its administrative offices and photovoltaic module manufacturing area in approximately 14,000 square feet and is anticipated to eventually employ approximately 55. To date, Spire Solar Chicago has worked with the City, ComEd, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs to install approximately 500 kW of solar photovoltaic generation systems within the city. Spire Corporation has recently concluded new agreements with the City of Chicago and ComEd for the multi-year extension of a partnership for the continuing development of solar photovoltaic manufacturing and system installations within Chicago. The commitment from these Agreements, when leveraged by the Illinois State DCCA program encouraging the development of solar photovoltaic generation, give SSC a potential funding source valued at approximately US$15 million. In the first quarter of this year SSC installed 38 kW solar photovoltaic capacity for Chicago’s 911 Emergency Communication Center. Projects already in progress for a second quarter installation include among others several museums, several schools, and CCGT.