Arizona, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Global Solar Energy, a manufacturer of Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells, announced the full operation of a solar electric array using CIGS photovoltaic (PV) technology. The 750-kilowatt (kW) system, located at Global Solar’s manufacturing facility in Tucson, Arizona will help power its manufacturing plant.
The system is financed, owned and operated by MMA Renewable Ventures LLC. Solon Corporation, a fully-owned subsidiary of Solon AG, produced and installed the PV modules and designed the array. Covering 310,000 square feet at Global Solar’s manufacturing plant, the system features a ground-mounted solar array that uses 6,600 Solon solar modules incorporating CIGS thin-film solar cells.
Global Solar is purchasing the power generated from MMA Renewable Ventures under the terms of a long-term commercial financing agreement. The thin-film solar power system will generate more than 1.1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable electricity annually.
“This operational solar array is a monumental step in America’s energy revolution,” said Olaf Koester, Solon Corporation’s CEO. “CIGS technology will contribute to driving down solar energy prices, bringing renewable energy to the masses.”
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) helped fund the project through its agreement to purchase the renewable energy credits generated by the array’s clean energy. The credits will help TEP pursue goals established under Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard, which calls on electric utilities to work toward securing 15% of their power from renewable resources by 2015.