GE Plans to Build Largest Solar Panel Plant in U.S.

Apr 13, 2011 6:00 PM ET
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GE May Choose Site for Biggest U.S. Solar Plant in 3 Months

General Electric Co. (GE) plans to select a location in about three months for a U.S. solar-panel plant that may be the country’s largest. With the new facility, the total investment in the solar business will exceed $600 million, Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE said today in a statement. The plant will employ about 400 people and make enough panels annually for operators to generate power for 80,000 U.S. homes, or about 400 megawatts.

To continue reading, click here.   It was already a big week in solar news before General Electric today announced major plans to build a thin film solar factory that will be the largest in the country. The factory will potentially produce 400 MW worth of panels a year. The plant's location hasn't been pinpointed yet, but GE believes it will bring in "400 workers and create 600 related jobs." GE also has completed its acquisition of PrimeStar Solar, a Colorado company that was producing 30 MW of panels a year.
To continue reading, click here.   SAN FRANCISCO — In a move that could shake up the American solar industry, General Electric plans to announce on Thursday that it will build the nation’s largest photovoltaic panel factory, with the goal of becoming a major player in the market. “For the past five years, we’ve been investing extremely heavily in solar,” said Victor Abate, vice president for G.E.’s renewable energy business. “Going to scale is the next move.” The plant, whose location has not been determined, will employ 400 workers and create 600 related jobs, according to G.E. The factory would annually produce solar panels that would generate 400 megawatts of energy, the company said, and would begin manufacturing thin-film photovoltaic panels made of a material called cadmium telluride in 2013. While less efficient than conventional solar panels, thin-film photovoltaics can be produced at a lower cost and have proven attractive to developers and utilities building large-scale power plants.
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