Saint-Gobain Solar says that construction work has begun on its new mirror line for solar thermal power stations. Located in Goodyear, Ariz., the construction plant will be Saint-Gobain Solar's first manufacturing facility in North America. The facility will primarily supply the domestic market and eventually produce millions of square feet of solar mirrors for thermal power station technologies, such as concentration towers and linear Fresnel lenses.
The new solar mirror line is expected to fully come online in the last quarter of this year and will produce 50 new jobs for the area, according to Saint-Gobain Solar. The plant's projected production capacity corresponds to an annual thermal power output of 300 MW.
‘We are grateful to the state of Arizona, which has adopted a proactive policy to encourage companies from the solar sector to establish manufacturing plants,’ says Alain Garnier, director of Saint-Gobain Solar North America. ‘The Arizona Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program helped to encourage us to select the state for our new plant.’