U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
Energy Secretary Bodman Helps Break Ground at Solar Facility
July 14, 2005
Energy Secretary Bodman discusses thin-film solar power technologies with Stan and Iris Ovshinsky, founders of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., the parent company of United Solar Ovonic.
Credit: Joe Polimeni/ECD
Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman joined United Solar Ovonic on June 14th in breaking ground on the company's new amorphous silicon thin-film solar manufacturing plant in Auburn Hills, Michigan. When the new
160,000-square-foot facility is completed in May 2006, it will create
200 new jobs and double production, allowing the company to produce
enough solar modules each year to generate 50 megawatts of power.
United Solar Ovonic's existing plant is already the largest of its
type in the world, producing flexible thin-film solar power modules
using technologies developed through 20 years of research by the
company and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). See the DOE press release, Secretary Bodman's comments at the event, and the related press release from United Solar Ovonic (PDF 118 KB). Download Adobe Reader.
NREL's work with United Solar Ovonic is part of DOE's Solar Energy
Technologies Program, one of 11 programs within the DOE Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy. See the Solar Energy Technologies Program Web site.