First CIGS Production Facility of AQT Solar Goes Online

AQT Solar, a global leader in developing low-cost, thin-film CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-diselenide) solar cells, has inaugurated its new facility located at Sunnyvale, California. Production has already begun in the facility towards filling the present 20-MW customer orders, while substantial purchase orders are in the pipeline.

AQT Solar’s first customer installation, termed Sol Pacifico, has made an order for 2 MW of energy for powering its gated community located in Baja Mexico, along the Pacific coast. The company’s rapid progress from its inception to production under two years is considered unprecedented within the solar industry circles. AQT Solar’s business and technology model, called CIGS 2.0, is charting new territory into the current market.

AQT Solar’s new facility has been fueled by a funding of $10 million and presently houses a manufacturing line of 15 MW capacity that could easily scale up till 60 MW capacity. The 20,000-sq.-ft. facility uses space efficiently. The Sol Pacifico is anticipated to commence operation by 2011. The 2-MW project has the potential to grow up to 9 MW capacity and will be supporting a high-end resort being developed in Baja Mexico.

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