Semprius solar cells to be installed on Edwards Air Force Base

News & Observer

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


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.
of Defense. The system is expected to produce more than 400,000 kilowatts
annually, or enough power for about 40 homes.

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.

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.

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.