The North Carolina Department of Commerce has announced that Semprius Inc., a developer of high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules, has received an incentives package to build a pilot production plant in Henderson, N.C.
The incentives package – totaling more than $7.88 million – includes a State of North Carolina Job Development Investment Grant and grants from the Golden LEAF Foundation, Vance County, the One North Carolina Fund and the North Carolina Community College System.
The first phase of Semprius' pilot plant will be 50,000 square feet and employ 60 people. Semprius plans to expand within the next several years to 150,000 square feet and will eventually employ 256 people at the pilot production plant. Semprius will make an $89.7 million capital investment in the pilot plant, and the plant will draw $120 million in investment to the region, according to the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
The Semprius pilot production plant, expected to be operational in August 2012, will have an initial capacity of 5 MW of HCPV modules and is expandable to 35 MW as needed.