Concentrix Solar to Build San Diego Plant

San Diego city, utility, and cleantech industry officials are gathering at UC San Diego this morning to announce a 25-year contract that San Diego Gas & Electric has signed with Tenaska Solar Ventures for 150 megawatts from a solar plant to be developed east of San Diego, near El Centro, CA. As part of the deal, the company supplying the concentrating solar panels for the 1,057-acre desert facility is planning to build a factory in San Diego, creating an estimated 450 local jobs. In a media notice sent yesterday, SDG&E says construction of the desert solar facility will lead to an additional 300 construction jobs during construction, currently set from 2013 to 2015. Concentrix Solar will make the concentrating solar panels in San Diego. The company is a subsidiary of Soitec, the semiconductor and photovoltaic cell manufacturer based in Bernin, France.

Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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