Global Solar Energy, a Tucson, Ariz.-based manufacturer of highly efficient thin-film solar cells for glass modules or flexible material products, has officially opened its new manufacturing plant. According to the company, the plant's phase-one, full-production capacity of 40 MW in annual U.S. production sets new industry records for CIGS production capacity and enables Global Solar to meet heavy demands for solar adoption worldwide.
Global Solar is simultaneously breaking ground on what will be one of the world's largest CIGS solar fields, at 750 kW, and commissioning its 35 MW plant in Berlin, Germany, to open this fall.
With plans to put an additional 100 MW into production at the end of 2009, Global Solar is poised to bring its total global capacity to 175 MW in 2010. The company says this growth will enable it to continue to deliver CIGS solar cells for use in traditional glass module manufacturing as well as develop new business channels for its CIGS material for integration into products targeted at the emerging building-integrated photovoltaic market.