Do Still Believe That Solar Energy Will Never Work?
GE has announced plans to spend $600 million on a new solar factory
located in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado. The factory, which
begins operations in 2012, will be capable of producing enough solar
panels per year to generate 400 megawatts of power, or enough energy to
power 80,000 homes. When completed, the factory will be bigger than 11
football fields – soon to be the largest factory of its kind in the U.S.
The business will also bring 355 jobs to Colorado plus 100 more positions at GE’s research facility in upstate New York.
The company is retrofitting and expanding an existing 200,000 sq.
foot former L’Oreal Worldwide warehouse, a project which will require a
$300 million investment. Over the next two years, GE will double the
Colorado is already the manufacturing site for GE Energy’s thin film solar pilot line,
a joint technology development between GE’s Global Research Center and
PrimeStar Solar, a company GE acquired in April. The new factory is
located near this smaller, 30 MW facility and a GE solar research
center. GE says the location will enable an accelerated start-up
schedule with production equipment installation beginning in January
The new factory will produce thin film solar panels made from cadium
telluride, which are cheaper than traditional crystalline silicon
panels. It’s the same technology as produced by First Solar, the largest
solar company in the world by market cap.
The panels are lighter, which helps ease installation. They’re also
large, which helps to lower the total system cost by reducing the amount
of racking and electrical components required. Shipments to
utilities and commercial customers will start in early 2013, according
to the annoucement.
GE’s plan for solar is similar to the one for its wind business,
a space the company entered in 2002 – that is, it plans to grow through
both technology and scale. GE now has more than 27 gigawatts of wind
and solar resources installed around the world.
GE believes in Solar Energy enough to invest in expanding their Factory. Soon
the Denver International Airport will be completely Solar. There are Solar cars
being made. Schools. Homes, Businesses, & Channel 7 (CBS) are already
in Colorado. There are a lot of these Solar Energy places in other states too.
Solar Energy and Wind Energy are already in use and they will become
the Energy Sources in the near future.
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