VALLEY FORGE, PA. (Sept. 20, 4:15 p.m. ET) — Cie de Saint-Gobain is building a plant in Goodyear, Ariz., that will make solar mirrors for thermal power stations.
The company announced Sept. 20 that the plant, which will employ 50, will start production by the end of 2011. Saint-Gobain already has solar mirror plants in Portugal and Germany; the new plant will serve customers in North America.
According to Paris-based Saint-Gobain, the plant's projected production capacity corresponds to an annual thermal power output of 300MW, or the equivalent of the energy used in a year by a U.S. town with 150,000 inhabitants.
Local production will mean cutting the company's carbon footprint, since the firm will reduce its transportation ponents over long distances, said Alain Garnier, director of Saint-Gobain Solar North America.
Saint-Gobain's North American headquarters is in Valley Forge.