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New solar factory in San Diego to create 450 local jobs and additional 1,000 indirect jobs

March 23, 2011 (San Diego) San Diego Gas & Electric has announced a 25-year contract for up to 150 megawatts of solar energy to be generated at the Imperial Solar Energy Center West’s proposed 1,057-acre solar energy facility near El Centro. 

In addition, Soitec announced its intention to build a new solar panel manufacturing factory in the San Diego region, creating 450 local jobs and more than 1,000 additional indirect jobs.


According to SDG&E, the El Centro solar project will create nearly 300 construction jobs in the Imperial Valley during the two-year construction period. The power will be delivered across Sunrise Powerlink.


UC San Diego currently has a demonstration tracking device of the Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV)solar technology that will be produced at the new Soitec factory. Soitec’s CPV is capable of producing power more efficiently than traditional solar panels, according to an SDG&E press release. The solar technology will be built in a San Diego area factory and used to create a solar farm in Imperial Valley.

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