Plan to invest $42 million in its Auburn Hills 1 facility to upgrade equipment used in its commercial solar deposition process.
Rochester Hills, Mich., [WorldofRenewables.com]
Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (NASDAQ: ENER), the leading global manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building integrated and commercial rooftop markets, today announced that its affiliate United Solar Ovonic LLC has received stimulus support from the Department of Energy and the Department of Treasury.
The company was notified late last week that its application for a Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit was approved. The $13.275 million credit will support United Solar Ovonic’s plan to invest $42 million in its Auburn Hills 1 facility to upgrade equipment used in its commercial solar deposition process.
Upon successful completion of the upgrades, the deposition machines will have significantly greater output. These improvements will lower the company’s cost of manufacturing while increasing the efficiency of the solar laminates and is expected to create approximately 600 jobs in Michigan.
“We are very appreciative of the Obama Administration’s efforts to support American clean technology through the stimulus programs,” said Mark Morelli, ECD President and CEO. “We are also grateful for the support from Senators Stabenow and Levin, Congressman Peters and other members of the Michigan congressional delegation. Governor Granholm and her staff were also critical in supporting our application. These elected officials do an important job in Washington and here in Michigan of delivering a consistent message of support for American manufacturing jobs and business in Michigan.”
About Energy Conversion Devices
Energy Conversion Devices is a leader in building integrated and rooftop photovoltaics. The company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to energy using proprietary technology. ECD’s UNI-SOLAR brand products are unique because of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and real-world efficiency. Through its Solar Integrated Technologies business, the company also designs, manufactures and installs rooftop photovoltaic systems which enable customers to transform unused space on the rooftop into a value-generating asset. For more information, please visit www.energyconversiondevices.com.
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