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SolFocus completes US $ 2.2-million grant from US DOE

The $2.2-million grant from the DOE will enable SolFocus to further develop its concentrating PV module. Photo by SolFocus

Concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems developer SolFocus just completed a US $2.2-million grant from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Under the PV Incubator Program, a program that helps to accelerate commercialization of PV research and development to meet cost and installation goals, SolFocus has developed a concentrating PV module that puts emphasis on high reliability and high efficiency.

Aside from the PV module development, the 18-month subcontract also comprised the expansion of reflective optic-based CPV panels that are capable of generating solar energy that is large enough to compete with fossil fuel in terms of cost.

SolFocus technology’s first platform for the DOE/NREL PV incubator program is the 92-kilowatt Central Arizona Project Water Treatment Plant. Eleven SolFocus SF-1100S CPV arrays will be fitted to interconnect with the Salt River Project’s meter to supply electricity for Red Mountain Park, which is just across the street from the plant. SolFocus also just finished development for a Mesa glass reflector manufacturing factory in Arizona.

“SolFocus has become an important partner to the City of Mesa in its economic development efforts as well as in its sustainable energy initiatives,” said Mesa Director of Economic Development Bill Jabjiniak.

SolFocus’ other recent achievements include the closing of Series C Funding earlier this month.

SolFocus aims to achieve solar energy production with costs in the same level as that of traditional fossil fuel sources.

-  Sunshine T. Santiago

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