Keeping America Competitive: A Solar Manufacturing Boost In San Diego

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America’s solar manufacturing base is gaining ground as the world’s largest concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) manufacturing facility prepares to opens its doors.

Today, global manufacturer Soitec Solar will open its first large-scale CPV module manufacturing facility in San Diego. The project -- supported by a $25 million SUNPATH award from the Energy Department -- is expected to support about 450 direct manufacturing jobs and thousands more throughout the solar supply chain.

Soitec is a strong example of the type of solar energy company backed by SUNPATH, which stands for "Scaling Up Nascent PV AT Home." Part of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, SUNPATH aims to strengthen innovative domestic manufacturing and speed the transition from initial ramp-up to high-volume production...

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