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CleanTECH San Diego, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, SDG&E and the University of California, San Diego,” said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. “Soitec’s new facility will create hundreds of well-paying jobs and build on San Diego’s growing reputation as one of the world’s leading clean-technology clusters.”


“Soitec’s local presence is indeed a welcome boost for our regional economy and will support our company’s commitment to help to ensure a sustainable solar future for our customers,” said Jessie J. Knight, Jr., SDG&E’s chairman and CEO. “This year we have signed a half- dozen renewable energy contracts with solar developers that will use Soitec’s highly efficient technology. We will continue to make great strides in securing contracts for utility-scale renewable projects to leverage the ideal solar, geothermal and wind resources in the San Diego County, Imperial County and Baja California region.”


“Having already announced our solar projects contracted with San Diego Gas & Electric, it makes perfect sense for us to launch our U.S. manufacturing operations here,” said André Jacques Auberton-Hervé, chairman and CEO of Soitec. “With strong support from the mayor and the City of San Diego, we look forward to taking part in the local economy amid the area’s large pool of trained and educated high-tech employees, the vibrant business community and the strong cluster of renewable-energy companies. We want to help California meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard, which calls for a third of the state’s utility-scale energy production to be generated by renewable sources by 2020.”


Soitec’s highly efficient, durable CPV systems have enabled the company to plan for more than 300 MW in solar power plant projects throughout the Southwest U.S. including 155 MW in power purchase agreements with San Diego Gas & Electric, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last month. Additionally, a power purchase


agreement for up to 150 MW for the Imperial Solar Energy Centre West project, another project that currently proposes to use Soitec’s CPV technology, was also approved by the CPUC on December 15. Tenaska Solar Ventures, LLC, an affiliate of independent energy company Tenaska, is developing that project.


Soitec’s CPV modules to be manufactured in San Diego have performance characteristics which are specifically designed to benefit large-scale utility power plants to deliver higher efficiency and lower cost of electricity.


First and only fully Integrated commercial solar system


The system incorporates triple-junction, III-V compound semiconductor cells and is claimed to reduce costs in all stages of the project lifecycle


GreenVolts has unveiled what it says is the industry’s first complete and fully integrated solar system, including modules, trackers, inverters, and energy management software. Through control of the entire system design, GreenVolts says it has dramatically improved performance, simplified project engineering and installation, and reduced costs in all stages of the project lifecycle.


GreenVolts› system which includes modules, trackers, inverters, DC wiring, combiner boxes, weather &solar monitoring station, networking, and energy management


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