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Grand Opening of Soitec's San Diego Plant

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Soitec press releases

Speakers

  • André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, Chairman and CEO of Soitec: Photos / Biography
  • Congressman-Elect Scott Peters, California's 52nd Congressional District: Biography
  • Commissioner Timothy Simon, California Public Utilities Commission: Biography
  • Mayor Bob Filner, Mayor of San Diego: Biography
  • Dr. Lidija Sekaric, US Department of Energy: Biography
  • Jim Avery, SDG&E Senior Vice President, Power Supply: Biography

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Media Contacts

Trade press:
Camille Darnaud-Dufour
+33 (0)6 79 49 51 43
camille.darnaud-dufour@soitec.com

Business press:
Marylen Schmidt
+33 (0) 4 76 92 87 83
marylen.schmidt@soitec.com

French media:
Marie-Caroline Saro
H&B Communication
+33 (0)1 58 18 32 44
mc.saro@hbcommunication.fr

A NEW MANUFACTURING CENTER SUPPORTING LOCAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS

Soitec is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and the Grand Opening of its North American solar headquarters and manufacturing facility represents a significant achievement. The company chose to locate its new plant in San Diego to support its projects in California and the American South West.

Located near Soitec’s customers to provide the most cost-efficient and environmentally friendly renewable energy, the new manufacturing facility will produce concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules for California and the American Southwest.

Soitec acquired the property in December 2011, and less than one year later, the plant is now fully operational and it produced its first module on schedule in October.

Last July, Soitec was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive a SUNPATH (Scaling Up Nascent PV At Home) award in support of this new North American solar manufacturing center.

The facility will support over 300 MWp of utility-scale solar projects under development in Southern California.

Soitec, which plays a major role in all aspects of sustainable development, is very pleased to be contributing to the creation of local jobs by opening this new plant. At full capacity, the facility will employ 450 people and generate hundreds of indirect jobs.

A FULLY AUTOMATED PRODUCTION PROCESS TO MANUFACTURE SOITEC'S 5th GENERATION OF CPV MODULES

The new San Diego plant boasts a reliable, fully-automated manufacturing process guaranteeing the quality, efficiency and durability of Soitec’s products.

Soitec already operates one of the world’s most state-of-the-art production lines manufacturing concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules in Freiburg, Germany. Over several years, the company has honed its expertise in industrial processes, manufacturing and quality systems. The San Diego manufacturing facility, which represents an investment in excess of $150 million and will produce 280 MWp at full capacity, reflects the full benefit of the experience and know-how Soitec has gained in Germany and at its other plants around the world.

The San Diego plant produces modules used in Soitec’s fifth generation of CPV systems. These systems are specifically designed for large-scale utility power plants. Each of them incorporates a 28 kW tracker with a module area of over 100 sq. meters (consisting of 12 CPV modules, each generating over 2 kW in peak power) – the most effective size to deliver high performance while drastically reducing installation and maintenance costs.

Durable materials (e.g. glass-glass design, a field-proven sealing technology from the glazing industry) are used to make the modules robust and resilient, while Soitec has optimized every aspect of the technology to provide a market-leading module yield of 30%.

For more information about Soitec, please visit our website.