San Diego Home to Soitec’s Utility-Scale Solar Manufacturing Facility and New North American Headquarters
Soitec is an international manufacturing company and global leader in concentrated solar photovoltaic (CPV) systems technology as well as other revolutionary semiconductor materials for the energy and electronics industries. Headquartered in Bernin, France, Soitec owns and operates manufacturing facilities and research and development centers in France, Singapore, Germany and San Diego. With global installations spanning four continents, Soitec’s CPV technology delivers highly efficient and low-cost electricity to large-scale utilities.
Recognizing the San Diego region’s leadership in renewable power generation and its highest rate of solar adoption in the state, Soitec chose San Diego as the site for its North American headquarters and its solar manufacturing facility announced in December 2011. Soitec ‘s 176,000-square-foot manufacturing center on 14.8 acres in Rancho Bernardo will locally produce its CPV technology for the US renewable energy market. This manufacturing site will enable 200 megawatts (MW) capacity representing a $150 million investment, 450 high-wage jobs and more than 1,000 indirect jobs at full capacity. Future plans to double that capacity to 400 MW annually are in store.
The new factory will supply more than 300 MW in utility-scale solar projects throughout the southwestern US, including 155 MW in power purchase agreements (PPAs) with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and up to 150 MW for the Imperial Solar Energy Center West project. All power purchase agreements are approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.
For more information, visit Soitec’s website.