SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., announced that Solon AG, who manufactures a solar cells, has opened its first part of its solar electric plant in Bavaria near Arnstein, Germany. Solarpark Gut Erlasse is a 12MW solar electric plant located in a working agricultural field and can serve the electricity needs of thousands of customers each year.
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SunPower’s solar cells are used in Solon’s “Mover” electricity generation system, designed for deployment in multi-megawatt solar power plants. Movers automatically tilt and rotate during the day to directly face the sun at all times. By combining SunPower’s A-300 solar cells with the Mover’s ability to maximize daily energy production, each square foot of solar cells can generate up to double the annual energy of a fixed solar array using conventional solar cells.
Alex Voigt, Solon, CEO, said, “SunPower’s solar cells are the most efficient on the market today, and allow us to generate between 30 and 50 percent more power per mover, compared with conventional solar cells. Our goal with the Mover program was to develop an industrial solar power system. Our recently announced $300 million, five-year purchase agreement with SunPower for their high-performance cells provide SOLON with the supply security and visibility necessary for us to address the rapidly growing market for megawatt-scale solar power plants.”