22 July 2010


Amonix signs lease for CPV manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas

Amonix Inc of Seal Beach, CA, USA, which makes concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems using III-V multi-junction cells, has signed a lease for a new 214,000ft2 manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas, NV that should be up and running by the end of 2010 and create 278 private-sector jobs in Southern Nevada. The firm intends to hire local residents to fill management, technical, and productions roles.

In May, while presiding over a ceremony to inaugurate a 308kW Amonix CPV power plant at the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA) River Mountains Water Treatment Facility, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid applauded Amomix for taking advantage of an Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The plant is financed through a $6m tax credit plus another $12m in private capital. “Amonix offers the perfect example of how the Recovery Act is helping Nevada businesses and the clean energy industry expand and thrive,” says Reid. “Nearly 300 Nevadans will find work in this developing industry that is diversifying our state’s economy so that we don’t fall victim to another economic downturn,” he adds.

“I’d like to thank all of our leaders in Congress who made the Recovery Act a reality,” said mayor Shari L. Buck of the City of North Las Vegas. “This plant, made possible through public–private cooperation, will make a real difference to our community and families.”

“The Amonix commitment to Nevada will help propel ongoing efforts to make the Silver State a world leader in solar production while also creating local jobs and promoting economic growth,” adds Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.

Amonix CPV power systems have been installed at three locations in Nevada, including also the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus and Nevada Energy’s Clark Generation Station. The firm will use its new North Las Vegas facility to manufacture solar power systems for additional installations in Nevada and for export to neighboring states. In addition, the new manufacturing facility will be powered by an Amonix 7700 CPV system as part of its electrical power source.

“Amonix chose this site because our CPV solar systems are ideal for sunny and dry climates like Nevada,” says CEO Brian Robertson. “This plant puts additional capacity in close proximity to where many of our systems will be installed.” 

When at full capacity, the plant will operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, manufacturing CPV equipment with a production capacity of 150MWs annually (equivalent, according to Robertson, of NV Energy’s stake in the recently cancelled coal plant at the Mohave Generating Station).

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