12 March 2012

CIGS PV firm SoloPower recruiting for high-volume factory in Oregon

SoloPower Inc of San Jose, CA, USA, which makes thin-film copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) photovoltaic (PV) cells and lightweight flexible solar modules using a proprietary roll-to-roll electro-deposition process, is seeking engineers and technicians for its high volume manufacturing headquarters in Portland, OR, which will begin commercial production later this year. Upon completion, the Portland facilities are ultimately expected to have a capacity of 400MW and employ 450 people, strengthening SoloPower’s ability to provide modules for its growing global customer base.

The private-sector job growth “would not have been possible without the visionary support we’ve received from the State of Oregon, the Oregon Department of Energy and the City of Portland, as well as the US Department of Energy [via a $197m loan guarantee received last August],” says CEO Tim Harris. “A big reason SoloPower chose to build our new manufacturing facility in Oregon was because of the highly skilled work force, and we look forward to drawing on that local talent as our facility comes online,” he adds.

On 7 March, SoloPower attended the Interstate Career Expo, the largest regional job and career event in the Portland metropolitan area, looking for equipment engineers, chemical engineers, production and process engineers and front-end and maintenance technicians.

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