Semprius solar cells to be installed on Edwards Air Force Base

News & Observer

Durham startup Semprius announced Monday that its solar panels will be installed at Edwards Air Force Base in California next year.


Defense contractor Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will install a 200-kilowatt system of Semprius’ cells as part of a $2.3 million grant it received from the U.S. Department of Defense. The system is expected to produce more than 400,000 kilowatts annually, or enough power for about 40 homes.

The installation at Edwards Air Force base is designed to demonstrate the performance and cost-effectiveness of Semprius’ technology. Semprius’ high-performance solar cells are expected to significantly lower the cost of solar power.

The company has previously named two other customers: Chevron and Siemens. Siemens, which is working with Pratt &Whitney on the California installation, owns a 16 percent stake in Semprius.

In September, Semprius opened a solar panel factory in Henderson. The facility has 60 employees and Semprius has plans to hire more than 250 employees to work there over the next several years.