Global Solar charges forward with light, frame-free panels
David Wichner Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011 12:00 am
Global Solar Energy Inc. set out 15 years ago to invent a flexible solar power panel for soldiers.
Since accomplishing that mission, Global Solar – which operates Arizona’s only manufacturing plant for thin-film photovoltaic cells – has had to reinvent itself to adapt to a rapidly changing market.
Global – which was initially funded by an investment subsidiary of Tucson-base UniSource Energy Corp. – hit the market with its portable solar power packs in 2004 and still sells those products to militaries worldwide.
In recent years, the company has ramped up production of strings of thin-film solar cells for large-scale solar installations, opening a 100,000-square-foot plant on South Rita Road and another in Berlin in 2008.