Soitec has purchased a manufacturing facility in Rancho Bernardo, California, within San Diego City limits, and will soon begin fitting the factory to produce its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules for the U.S. renewable-energy market. The site, acquired from Sony Electronics Inc., will enable a manufacturing capacity of 200 megawatts (MW) of Soitec’s fifth generation Concentrix™ CPV modules and with future expansion to double the capacity to 400 MW per year. This major project for Soitec represents an investment of more than $150-million and will create 450 on-site jobs – including employees for the joint venture – in the City of San Diego and more than 1,000 indirect jobs at full capacity (200 MW).
Soitec’s 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, a leading global engineering and construction partner for technology-based clients and renowned in constructing solar cell manufacturing facilities, has been selected as general contractor for the facility construction work.