GE to build massive solar power plant

2011-04-07 21:06
Houses in the poor community of Darling have been fitted with solar geysers. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Houses in the poor community of Darling have been fitted with solar geysers. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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New York - General Electric says it's going to build the largest US solar panel factory, part of a $600m bet on the future of solar power in the country.

The new plant will employ 400 people and produce enough solar panels to power 80 000 homes per year, GE said on Thursday. The company isn't saying where the plant will be located, but it does say that there are multiple locations being scouted.

GE says its thin film solar panel has been certified as the most energy efficient of its kind by the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado. The technology for the panel, called CdTe thin film, lends itself to low-cost, large-scale manufacturing.

GE recently acquired PrimeStar Solar Inc a maker of thin film solar panels based in Colorado.
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