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SolFocus and Samaras expand Greek solar CPV project to 10 MW

SolFocus and Samaras Group are increasing the size of their solar concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) project in Greece from 1.6 MWp to 10 MWp.

“The swift expansion of this project resulted from the favourable political, economic, and energy generation environment that exists in Greece for commercial solar technologies,” says Mark Crowley, Chief Executive Officer and President of SolFocus. “2009 is truly the beginning of CPV commercialisation and Greece is a front-runner. We expect that CPV will follow a similar growth path in other high-sun regions over the next several years.”

Spanning multiple sites in Greece, the solar CPV deployment will use the SolFocus 1100S system, which is said to offer 30-50% higher conversion efficiencies than traditional solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

The SolFocus CPV design employs a system of reflective optics to concentrate sunlight 500 times onto solar cells.

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