Just last month San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) announced it was partnering with subsidiaries of Soitec Solar Development on three contracts that would bring the utility 30 megawatts of solar power using Soitec’s concentrated solar photovoltaic (CPV) technology. Apparently, 30 megawatts wasn’t enough as we now learn that the two entities have signed two more contracts that will net the utility another 125 megawatts of clean solar power to be generated right in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
In a statement, Soitec says that that, combined, the five separate projects will generate about 155 megawatts of power for SDG&E, or enough to power about 60,000 homes. Both of the two new projects are to be located somewhere in SDG&E’s service area near a couple of the utility’s existing electric substations, pending the California Public Utilities Commission’s approval.
The projects will again be utilizing Soitec’s “Concentrix” CPV technology which is said to provide higher efficiency solar power generation in sunny spots like San Diego. The CPV modules, which use lenses to focus sunlight onto solar cells, are to be produced at a new factory Soitec plans to build somewhere in the San Diego area.
The location of the new Soitec factory is expected to be announced later this summer. Soitec says that construction of the facility should take about 18 months. Once it is fully operational, it is expected to have an annual production capacity of 200 megawatts, create about 450 direct jobs and more than 1,000 indirect jobs.