Global Solar's Tucson Plant, Partly Powered By Solar


solararray1.jpgWhen we talked with Mike Gering, CEO of thin-film solar company Global Solar back in January, he said the company would start manufacturing at a plant in Tucson, Arizona, near the end of March. Well, this morning Global Solar put out a press release officially announcing the plant that it hopes will soon start full production and which will also be accompanied by a 750-kilowatt solar system that will help power the plant with renewable energy.

While the company has been making portable thin-film products for the last three years, according to Gering, the Tucson plant will be Global Solar’s first mass manufacturing undertaking and will focus on large field arrays. Another plant, this time in Berlin, is scheduled to open mid-summer.

Global Solar makes thin-film panels out of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS); competitors include Nanosolar and Heliovolt. Given that Nanosolar started production of thin-film solar panels at its San Jose, Calif. manufacturing plant in December, and Heliovolt plans to start production within the year, 2008 could very well be thin-film solar’s first big year in the sun. (photo not actual thin film product)


rob jones

Since the oil price are so extremely high, I think that the solar energy is our energy and financial future.

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I also forgot: This technology is still quite old, and there are new technology comming up to produce energy using thin solar panels that will change the way we use solar power today, just wait and see.

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It about time that companies like that will use solar power or other renewable resource as a power supply. I think though that in the long run, solar power should be produced at the consumer site everywhere and not in a large central farm, eliminating the need to transport the electricity a long distances, and destroying the wild nature around.


CIGS has an interesting future considering all the different thinfilm solar recipes. Global’s plans are aggresive and I would amagine that this is a great place to work!


I wish to know more about your product,as we intend starting villas constructions and going green.
One important setback is we are very proned to severe cyclones.
with thanks


Green energy is definitely the best solution in most cases. Technology like solar energy, wind power, fuel cells, zaps electric vehicles, EV hybrids, etc have come so far recently. Green energy even costs way less than oil and gas in many cases.


Now I know I’m not buying a product with this picture on it, but it’s kinda silly to just stick a picture of some unrelated panels at the head of the article. We all know what solar panels look like.

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