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Secretary Bodman Makes "Energizing America for Energy Security" Tour Stops to Launch New Solar Facility

July 14, 2005 - 2:10pm


AUBURN HILLS, MICH - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman toured the world's largest amorphous silicon thin-fill solar manufacturing plant in Auburn Hills, Mich., today, and joined United Solar Ovonic leaders in breaking ground on a new facility that will increase production and create 200 new jobs.

"I congratulate Uni-Solar on this groundbreaking that will bring 200 new jobs to the Auburn Hills area," Secretary Bodman said. "This new facility will help provide consumers and contractors with another option to reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency. Expanding the use of solar power is an important component of decreasing our nation's overall dependence on foreign sources of oil. As we can improve our energy security we can improve our nation's security."

The new manufacturing center will be the second facility operated by United Solar Ovionic. Its current 25-megawatt module manufacturing plant is not only the largest amorphous silicon thin-film manufacturing plant in the world, but also produces unique, flexible thin-film, rugged photovoltaic (PV) modules which convert sunlight directly into electricity.

Today's groundbreaking will launch the construction of a new 160,000 square foot facility in Auburn Hills' Commerce Park. When completed, the facility will employ about 200 additional people and help to maintain the U.S. leadership in the research and development of thin-film PV technology.

The materials produced by the United Solar facility are a product of over 20 years of research by the company and the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

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