Soitec has purchased a manufacturing facility in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., within San Diego city limits, and says it will soon begin fitting the factory to produce its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules for the U.S. market.
The site, acquired from Sony Electronics Inc., will enable a manufacturing capacity of 200 MW of Soitec's fifth-generation Concentrix CPV modules, with future expansion to double the capacity to 400 MW per year.
This project represents an investment of more than $150 million and will create 450 on-site jobs – including employees for the joint venture – in San Diego and more than 1,000 indirect jobs at full capacity of 200 MW, Soitec says.
The investment includes the acquisition of a 176,000 square-foot manufacturing center on 14.8 acres of land located within the campus of Sony Electronics' U.S. headquarters. Soitec will begin extensive upgrade of the facilities in early 2012 and plans to have its first phase (100 MW) production line operational by the fourth quarter of 2012.
M+W U.S. Inc, a subsidiary of the M+W Group, has been selected as general contractor for the facility construction work.