SoloPower, a San Jose, Calif.-based manufacturer of flexible thin-film solar cells and modules, says it is seeking engineers and technicians for its manufacturing facility in Portland, Ore., which will begin commercial production later this year.
Upon completion, SoloPower's Portland facility is ultimately expected to have a capacity of 400 MW and employ 450 people.
SoloPower produces copper indium gallium diselenide photovoltaic (CIGS) cells that are then packaged into flexible solar modules. According to the company, the modules require less balance-of-system hardware and are easier to install than traditional solar panels.
SoloPower has received a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy. The transaction was finalized last August.