Rioglass Solar Locating Manufacturing Facility In Arizona

Rioglass Solar, a subsidiary of Spain-based Rioglass Solar Holdings, will site its U.S. headquarters and a solar reflector manufacturing facility in Surprise, Ariz. The factory is expected to create over a hundred new jobs with approximately $50 million in capital investment during Phase I, according to the city of Surprise.

A potential Phase II would add an additional 130,000 square feet of manufacturing space, another $45 million in capital investment and nearly 100 new jobs, adds Surprise Community and Economic Development Director Jeff Mihelich.

Surprise will waive $290,000 in review and public infrastructure fees, invest $865,000 in public infrastructure, including rail and electricity upgrades needed to serve the Rioglass Solar facility, and provide the company with project office space at the city's business incubator, the AZ TechCelerator.Â

Rioglass Solar produces curved-glass sheets used in thermo-electrical power stations for parabolic concentrators. The company was the first to develop and produce tempered-glass reflectors that will be deployed at Abengoa Solar's Solana Generating Station, which is to be constructed near Gila Bend, Ariz., the city adds.

SOURCE: City of Surprise

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