One megawatt of high-performance solar
panels from SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar technology
manufacturer since 1975, has been selected to represent mono-crystalline
silicon photovoltaic technology in an innovative, multi-technology
series of utility-scale, tracker-mounted solar power systems totaling 5
MW at Arizona Western College in Yuma.
The AWC project, to be dedicated today in a ceremony in Yuma, will
employ 1 MW each of five types of solar power technology. SolarWorld has
produced mono-crystalline solar panels at its factory
in Camarillo, Calif., since the late 1970s; the company has
manufactured them at its U.S.
headquarters plant in Hillsboro, Ore., since opening the site in
2008. SolarWorld also produces poly-crystalline solar photovoltaic
At AWC, each variant of solar technology will make up one of five 1 MW
systems at sites around the Yuma campus, where sun-tracking single- or
dual-axis trackers will maximize their energy generation. Combined, the
systems will provide virtually 100 percent of AWC’s daytime electricity
needs and save the college more than $40 million over the first 30
years. The systems will be owned and operated by Main Street Power
Company Inc. in partnership with its long-term financing partner, MS
Solar Solutions, a fully owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley.
Moreover, the installations will generate opportunities for AWC to
enrich its educational offerings and spur the region’s economic growth.
New offerings will include certificate and degree programs in renewable
energy, and plans to partner with universities on bachelor’s and
master’s degree programs are in the works. Resulting workforce training,
combined with the economic-development influence of the installations
themselves, are expected to create thousands of regional jobs over
“We at SolarWorld cheer AWC’s embrace of the dual economic power of
solar energy development,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld
Americas. “The financial savings, energy independence and price
stability that will ensue from these installations will bolster AWC’s
educational and training missions. Moreover, the commitment to a clean
energy project and source will stir opportunities for training and jobs
to put the region’s workforce back to work in a sustainable economy.
“SolarWorld taps this dual effect as well,” Kilkelly said. “Every hour,
we manufacture enough solar panels to equip or otherwise power many,
many systems, enabling end customers to accrue gains in financial and
energy independence. In so doing, we have built a U.S. manufacturing
workforce that is more than 1,300 strong, not to mention helped create
jobs for employees of our supply, installation and distribution
About SolarWorld (www.SolarWorld.com):
SolarWorld (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering
brand-name, high quality, crystalline solar-power technology. Its
strength is its fully integrated solar production. From silicon as the
raw material through wafers, cells and modules all the way to turn-key
solar systems of all sizes, the group combines all stages of the solar
value chain. The central business activity is selling quality modules
into the installation and distribution trades and crystalline wafers to
the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are located in
Bonn, Germany. The group’s largest production facilities operate in
Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon.
Sustainability is the basis of the group strategy. Under the name
Solar2World, the group supports care projects using off-grid solar-power
solutions in developing countries, exemplifying sustainable economic
development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs more than 3,600 people.
SolarWorld AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 1999 and today
is listed on, among others, the TecDAX and ÖkoDAX as well as in the
sustainability index NAI.