CIGS thin film solar array goes live in Tucson

Tucson, AZ, Dec. 10, 2008 — Global Solar Energy, a manufacturer of Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells, announced the full operation of a solar electric array using CIGS photovoltaic (PV) technology. The 750-kilowatt (kW) system, located at Global Solar’s manufacturing facility in Tucson, is the first commercial-scale deployment of the company’s solar technology and is designed to help power its manufacturing plant.

The system is financed, owned and operated by MMA Renewable Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Municipal Mortgage & Equity LLC. SOLON Corp., a fully-owned subsidiary of SOLON AG, produced and installed the PV modules and designed the array. Covering 310,000 square feet at Global Solar’s manufacturing plant, the system features a ground-mounted solar array that uses 6,600 SOLON solar modules incorporating CIGS thin-film solar cells.

Global Solar is purchasing the power generated from MMA Renewable Ventures under the terms of a long-term commercial financing agreement. The thin-film solar power system is expected to generate more than 1.1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually at the facility.

Tucson Electric Power helped fund the project through its agreement to purchase the renewable energy credits generated by the array’s clean energy. The credits will help TEP pursue goals established under Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard, which calls on electric utilities to work toward securing 15 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2015.

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