Open a Solar Factory in Your Town: Focused Sun Offers Manufacturing Licenses for its Hybrid Solar Module.

Focused Sun licenses solar factories that bring jobs to local communities. The factory can be set up in a few months and produces a hybrid solar module, one that delivers both electricity and heat. Why should foreign workers get solar jobs instead of local workers?

A town or village with a population as small as 5,000 can support a solar factory. These aren’t short term jobs: most communities will take decades to solarize. Training takes less than a month and workers can be unskilled -- though building trades skills are a plus.

Colleges can get a solar factory started in their city or town for less than $10,000 USD. “We’re looking into teaming with Focused Sun to put a solar factory here in Rockford,” says Tom Lombardo, Professor of Engineering at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL.

A sponsor begins the process in their city with a Focused Sun training program. The trainee goes home with a kit that turns into a demo unit. Later, the factory can be set up in a 2000 square foot (200 m2) building. A typical factory has five partners that sell, make, install and service solar modules.

These factories make “hybrid” solar panels that deliver both electricity and heat. Each FourFold module delivers 500W of electricity plus 1500W of heat for 2000 peak Watts total. Priced at $3,000 USD, energy is $1.50/pWatt, less than conventional PV panels. The module is particularly suited for rural communities where the price of heat from propane, butane or heating oil is more than electricity.

A FourFold covers most modern energy needs: electricity for lights, refrigerators and air cooling, heat for hot showers, warming a home or driving boilers. In the developing world, the module sterilizes water and refrigerates vaccines at a village clinic. It can pay for itself in as little as two years, bringing local jobs plus cheap, clean energy to a community.

Focused Sun founder Rene Francis of Hallsberg, Sweden said, “This solar technology can outperform anything else you could find in the world. And the best part is it can be built locally.” Factory training teaches manufacturing, installation and maintaining the modules. (12/11/14)

 

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