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Thursday, April 21, 2011
  San Diego Manufacturing Jobs Supported by Solar Power
A new solar power plant will support a significant number of San Diego manufacturing jobs. Check out to see more openings.

Soitec Solar Development recently announced its plans to open a new manufacturing facility in San Diego. The project is expected to create about 450 direct jobs and more than 1,000 indirect jobs once the facility is operating at full capacity.

The new manufacturing plant will be used to produce photovoltaic modules powered by Soitec ConcentrixTM technology. Those modules will then be used at three power plants in San Diego County to support three new solar energy contracts made by San Diego Gas & Electric.

"We are extremely pleased to deploy our Concentrix technology for these three solar power plants in San Diego County," Andre-Jacques Auberton-Herve, CEO and chairman of the Soitec board, said in a statement. "Our CPV systems are perfectly suited for projects close to well-populated areas as the high system efficiency of CPV minimizes the amount of land needed for a given amount of electricity production. As a CPV leader, we are committed to the U.S. market and look forward to increasing our presence in the San Diego community with all of our San Diego operations."

Once the pending agreements are approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, it will take about 18 months to complete construction of the new manufacturing plant, which is expected to finish delivering the new solar panels to the three power plants by 2014.

With a combined capacity of 30 megawatts, the three projects will produce enough solar energy to power more than 11,200 homes per year.

"Including these three new contracts, SDG&E has signed nine renewable contracts over the past year for more than 1,100 MW of green energy, with nearly 520 MW from solar power, including a contract for up to 150 megawatts that also uses ConcentrixTM technology," James P. Avery, senior vice president of power supply for SDG&E, said. "Combined with another local solar contract we signed last year, these latest solar projects will increase the total amount of solar power generated in San Diego County by about 60 percent."


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