By Renewable Energy Focus staff
The solar CPV project, Imperial Solar Energy Center (ISEC) West, will produce power for San Diego Gas & Electric when completed in 2015.
Soitec says it will build a new factory in the San Diego region to manufacture the solar CPV modules.
The plant is expected to have an annual production capacity of 200 MW, supply solar CPV modules not only to ISEC West, but also to other utility-scale solar power projects throughout the southwest of the US.
“The start of construction of the Sunrise Powerlink has triggered a wave of proposed new utility-scale solar and wind projects in the Imperial Valley region,” says James Avery, SDG&E’s Senior Vice President of Power Supply.
“What is unique about this contract is that not only will the Imperial Valley benefit from the jobs created to construct the solar plant, San Diego will benefit from the approximately 450 new jobs that will be created at the new manufacturing facility that will be located here in the region.”
André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Soitec, adds: “Our CPV systems are perfectly suited for the very high solar irradiance prevalent in the Imperial Valley. As a CPV leader, we are very committed to the US market and look forward to increasing our presence in the San Diego community by contributing to the emerging renewable energy ecosystem in the region.”