SDG&E, Soitec Add 2 Local Solar Sites

5/18/11Follow @bvbigelow

San Diego Gas & Electric has added two more 25-year contracts with French-based Soitec, which will supply a total of 125 megawatts from solar energy sites using Soitec’s Concentrix CPV (Concentrating Photo-Voltaic solar panel modules.

In a statement today, the two companies say Soitec Solar Development will manufacture the modules in a new factory to be built in San Diego. The two local agreements follow three previous contracts for 30 megawatts of CPV-generated solar power. All five local projects, with a combined total of 155 megawatts, will be built in San Diego County near SDG&E electric substations. The California Public Utilities Commission still must approve the proposed power contracts.

As I reported last month, Soitec also has been working with Tenaska Solar Ventures to develop a 150-megawatt solar plant in the desert east of San Diego. The French semiconductor manufacturer says its concentrating photovoltatic technology converts sunlight into electric power at better than 37 percent efficiency for direct current, or at roughly 25 percent for alternating current.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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