Oregon first in solar nanotechnology

July 21, 2010 at 9:30 AM

GRESHAM, Ore., July 21 (UPI) -- Oregon is host to a production plant that will be the first to produce thin-film printable solar power technology, a photovoltaic company announced.

Photovoltaic company Solexant Corp. announced it would set up a plant in Gresham, Ore., that will be the first thin film solar manufacture facility of its kind in the world.

Solexant said it developed a new printable nanocrystal technology that uses special inks to produce thin-film solar cells. Production at an existing site in Gresham start in 2011, the company said.

The company said it expects to receive a $25 million loan from the Oregon Department of Energy and an additional $18.75 million energy tax credit for the manufacturing facility.

"As Oregon's first thin film solar manufacturing plant, the Gresham facility will prove the commercial application of our nanocrystal ultrathin-film solar cell technology in a very capital-efficient way and solidify Solexant's place as a leader in the solar industry," said Solexant Chief Executive Officer Damoder Reddy.

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