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June 26, 2002

United Solar Opens New 30-Megawatt Solar Cell Plant

United Solar Systems Corporation announced on June 24th the official inauguration of its new $55 million thin-film solar cell manufacturing facility, capable of producing 30 megawatts of solar cells each year. The facility's solar-cell-production machine - designed and built by Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) - uses a continuous web process similar to that used in printing newspapers, depositing nine layers of amorphous silicon alloys onto a roll of stainless steel 14 inches wide and a mile and a half long. The new 300-foot-long machine will process six rolls at once, producing 9 miles of solar cells in three days. At full production, the new facility will boost U.S. solar cell production capacity by about 20 percent. See the ECD/United Solar press release. The United Solar Web site also features two photos of the new machine.

To learn more about United Solar's technology, see the United Solar Web site.