The electricity will be generated at three sites of energy production for the County of San Diego, which will use Soitec’s concentration photovoltaic technology Concentrix ™ (CPV) . CPV modules will be manufactured locally in a new plant, Soitec recently announced its construction in the area of San Diego.
“With these three new contracts, SDG & E has signed nine contracts for renewable energy during the last twelve months for a total of over 1,100 MW of green power, including nearly 520 MW from solar energy, including a contract more than 150 MW which also uses Concentrix technology from Soitec, “said James Avery, senior vice president of SDG & E in charge of energy.” With another strong solar contract we signed last year, these new projects will increase the total amount of solar energy generated by the County of San Diego by about 60%.”
In total, three farms will produce enough renewable solar energy to cover the annual needs of more than 11,200 homes and will help ensure that SDG & E meet its renewable energy targets. The project will deploy CPV systems with a two-axis operation, which with Fresnel lens focuses light on a very small high performance solar cells that convert sunlight directly into electricity.
“Our CPV systems are ideal for projects located near residential areas, since the high efficiency of the CPV reduces the footprint required for a given production capacity. CPV technology leaders, we are firmly committed to the U.S. market and expect to strengthen our presence with the San Diego community, “said Andre-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president and CEO of Soitec.
The location of the plant is expected to be announced this summer, and the plant should be completed within 18 months from the commencement of its construction. Delivery of CPV systems for these three projects of solar farms in the county of San Diego will begin in 2013 and ended in 2014.
The three contracts are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.