Solar cell factory to increase capacity, create jobs in California

Sunnyvale, Calif., April 7, 2010 – Calisolar, is ramping up commercial shipments to U.S. and international customers. With support of national, local and state programs, such as the recently passed SB 71, the company expects to expand the capacity of its Sunnyvale facility from 60 MW up to 200 MW.

This action will create over 100 new jobs while helping to reduce pollution caused by the use of fossil fuels.

Calisolar is a supplier of solar cells, the critical component in solar panels that converts sunlight into electricity.

“I promised the people of California that jobs would be my number one priority this year, and in part because of my proposal to exempt green tech manufacturing equipment from the state sales tax, Calisolar will be creating jobs,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Clean technology and companies such as Calisolar are the next wave of innovation that will bring California’s economy roaring back. And with incentives such as the sales tax exemption, green companies have another reason to create high-wage jobs and produce clean, renewable energy for our homes and businesses right here in California.”

Calisolar, has leveraged its technological innovations and intellectual property to produce high-performance solar cells using silicon that costs a fraction of the material used in conventional solar cell manufacturing.

Calisolar is a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of high-performance solar cells. The company has manufacturing operations and headquarters in Sunnyvale, California; silicon purification operations at the company’s wholly owned subsidiary 6N Silicon located in Ontario, Canada; and a research and development center in Berlin, Germany.

Calisolar was awarded a clean energy manufacturing tax credit as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The privately held company is incorporated in the U.S. Its investors include Advanced Technology Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, Good Energies, Hudson Clean Energy, Ventures West and Yaletown Ventures.

 

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