Spanish solar companies looking to the USA for expansion plans

Taking the opposite route of many American companies investing in Spain, such as SolFocus or SunPower, some Spanish firms are being attracted by the opportunities in the US market.

Spanish firm Siliken is setting up a solar-panel manufacturing plant in Otay Mesa (San Diego) and a solar-installation business in Carlsbad. By year’s end, the plant will be capable of making enough solar panels to produce up to 15 megawatts. The company presented its manufacturing and direct sales activities in the North American market and its new panels last week at the Intersolar show in San Francisco.

Standard module production line - Courtesy of Siliken

Standard module production line - Courtesy of Siliken

This step into the California market is part of the company’s international and vertical integration strategy. The aim is to consolidate its presence in California, marketing turnkey projects for end clients, in order to take on new renewable energy projects in other states.

Siliken came to San Diego because of the region’s talent pool and geography, said Francisco Mollá, the firm’s U.S. division coordinator.

Also present at Intersolar was Albiasa Solar, a company with technology and experience in both the photovoltaic and thermosolar segments. Albiasa is also opening offices in the US, specifically in San Francisco.

In Spain, they are deploying their patented parabolic troughs, tested at the Almeria Solar Platform, at a 50 MW plant in the province of Caceres. These systems offer different advantages aimed at reducing costs, like using less pieces and material than standard collectors and a design that shortens production time and simplifies assembly.

A third Spanish company present in California (Redwood City) is Zytech Solar.

Zytech is a company with a wide range of products, from regular pv to concentrating pv, low and high, and solar thermal systems (parabolic troughs). It is also one of the winners of the 2007 Going Green competition organized by Always On.

Finally, another deal is in the making that could bring yet one more company, this time to Florida. Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc. and Renovalia USA Inc. are in negotiations that could lead to a solar thermal power plant in Florida.

The deal was announced by Gov. Charlie Crist, who wrapped up his 10-day trade and business development mission in Europe with a visit to Renovalia’s solar energy facility in Ciudad Real, Spain. Renovalia is involved in the development and engineering of renewable energy projects (a total of 247 MW in installed power). It also invests in technologies to achieve better efficiency – in solar trackers and concentration pv systems.

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10 Comments on “Spanish solar companies looking to the USA for expansion plans”

  1. JOE JACK Says:

    Dear sir/Madam
    I will like to know if you have solar panel in your stock.

  2. we are intersted to work in solar power like instalation of solar projects in india.we have many customers they want solar power.we are intersted to have joint venture.if you are intersted please let us know.
    waiting for your reply.
    Neeraj Mahajan

    • Ajay Sharma Says:


      Neeraj this is ajay i have around two years of experience in the same and i have some friends who are also interseted in the same can ve just discuss it .
      hope it will be very much helpful to both of us.
      ajay sharma

  3. Scott Woodham Says:

    Retired military veteran looking for the possiblity of becoming a dealer, installer or repair person/company. We are located 1 hour east of Chicago and own 64 acres of Industrial property. Looking for an opportunity to help and grow with a company in the new technology sector.

  4. Med Mehdaoui Says:

    We are actively seeking for clean technology companies to expand in the country of Algeria (North Africa)please contact for more details.
    Med Mehdaoui
    Project Resources America
    International Business Development

  5. swati Says:

    Dear sir,
    We are central India’s largest infrastructure company
    We are interested in building a solar thermal power plant of 20 mw capacity .

    Pl send yr offer and interest in joint venture


  6. Walt Says:

    Loup City, Nebraska is a small city that may offer many opportunities if your business is interested in the mid-west U.S. Lots of employees willing to work hard.

  7. seteven Says:

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    am working for Ningbo jiangdong ZOGO Electronic Technology Co,
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  8. Dear Sirs

    we are intersted to work in solar power like instalation of solar projects in Brazil and we have many customers they want solar power. We are intersted to have joint venture.If you are intersted please let us know.

    Brazil is the third-largest power consumer and producer in the Western hemisphere, after the USA and Canada. So far, the immense opportunities Brazilian sunshine offers have hardly been put to use for electricity generation. The few existing small solar facilities only produce 0.2 MWp, which is less than 0.01 per cent of German solar power capacity. Considering that the solar irradiation in Brazil has twice the energy density Germany has and the larger territory available, the potential is great.

    We need to install a new solar facility, I believe that your company will be able to deliver an annual 1,200 MWh of climate-friendly electric power from the sun. We will be able to install on the roof and parking lots of the Solar Brazil building in Maranhão that will be visible from far, it will function as a landmark advertisement for solar technology.

    Brazil has been seeking to expand other renewable energies besides hydropower to raise energy security and prevent renewed shortage.

    Solar Brazil needs to install a pilot project in order to encourage more private and public investment in this environment-friendly technology. Suitable locations for additional photovoltaics systems are not difficult to find: Many football stadiums or airports are waiting to be equipped with solar systems until the beginning of the World Cup in 2014.

    We need to look for German partners also to help with marketing the solar electricity. This includes strategies for the market introduction of solar electricity, special technical trips with prospective investors to solar projects in Europe, as well as support for other energy supply companies interested in the introduction of solar energy in Brazil.




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