The manufacturing facility in Albuquerque will help meet the growing demand for renewable energy in the United States. Depending on market conditions, the facility could eventually quadruple in size to around 800,000 square feet.
“The leaders in New Mexico recognized solar energy as a future oriented industry and are seeking to attract companies to settle here,” says Dr. Gerald Fine, President and CEO of SCHOTT North America. “Today, they are seeing their hard work pay off, because SCHOTT Solar employs hundreds of people from New Mexico here and offers the region secure, high-quality jobs.”
Even despite the economic crisis, economists project that the U.S. solar industry will continue to gain momentum, thanks in large part to the increased focus on energy policy from the Obama Administration. According to a recent poll, 94 percent of Americans say it’s important for the U.S. to use solar energy. Almost 80 percent of respondents feel the Federal Government should make development of solar energy a major priority. <|
Solar components in pairs: Both SCHOTT Poly® photovoltaic modules (on left) and extremely efficient receivers for solar thermal power plants (on right) are manufactured in Albuquerque. Photos: SCHOTT/A. Sell
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