GE Chooses Colorado for Availability of Tech Knowhow and Plant Space

October 17 00:00 2011

New York, October 16 ( – Victor Abate, head of the renewable energy business for General Electric Co, PrimeStar’s owner said that Colorado was chosen for the PrimeStar Solar plant because it had a technology head-start and the requisite facility for setting up the factory.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden and PrimeStar, an Arvada-based company bought by GE in April have developed the technology that will be used in the proposed factory. Moreover, a former warehouse in Aurora was identified by the state’s economic development officials because it could quickly be converted into a factory with a production capacity of 400-megawatts, enough panels per year to power 80,000 homes.

Commenting on the dual advantage, Abate said, “We could take the talent we had here and we found a facility we could make work so we could get to market sooner.” He announced that the construction of the country’s largest thin-film solar plant would start in January and panel production would start in 2013. 355 workers will be employed in the plant.

The 200,000-square-foot former L’Oreal Worldwide warehouse in the Majestic Commercenter northeast of I-70 and Tower Road will be used, retrofitted and expanded by the company for the plant for which it will invest $300 million. The company will double the building’s size within the next two years.