Arizona Sun, US Solar Attract France's Saint-Gobain

Date: 23 September 2011
Saint Gobain Solar announced that construction of its solar thermal mirror plant in Goodyear, Arizona has begun.

The plant is slated to start production in this year’s fourth quarter, creating 50 permanent jobs and manufacturing millions of square feet of solar mirrors used in solar thermal and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations, including solar concentration towers and liner Fresnel lenses.

The plant’s projected production capacity corresponds to an annual thermal power output of 300-megawatts (MW), enough to supply an American town of 150,000 with clean, renewable electrical power. The clean energy produced using the plant’s mirrors could avoid as much as 320,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of replanting some 62,000 acres of forest, according to the company, a subsidiary of France’s Saint-Gobain.

Originally established in Paris in 1665 in order to supply France with luxury mirrors and glass products, Saint-Gobain today is a multi-billion multinational corporation focused on developing and manufacturing high-performance and specialty glass and materials for a range of industries, including the solar thermal industry.

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