SolFocus said that as part of the deployment, the company will expand its Madrid-based European operations to open a subsidiary in Greece.

The deployment will have the capacity to produce 1.6MW of power using the SolFocus 1100S system, claims the company. The newly released 1100S achieves panel efficiencies of 25%, offering the energy of photovoltaic (PV) systems available now, said SolFocus. The installation will begin in the spring of 2009 with the first delivery of power expected in the summer.

In the first year of production, the system will have the capability to meet energy demands for a small town with approximately 2,500 residents while preventing the release of 2,800 tons of CO2.

Dimitrios Samaras, president of Samaras Group, said: “We view this project as the beginning of collaboration with SolFocus. We will introduce the efficiency of concentrator PV solar technology to Greece and other regions in southern Europe.”

The aim of SolFocus is to enable solar energy generation at a Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) competitive with traditional fossil fuel sources. The company has developed concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology which combines high-efficiency solar cells (approaching 40%) and advanced optics to provide solar energy services which are capable of delivering clean, low-cost, renewable energy, claims the company. SolFocus is headquartered in Mountain View, California with European operations headquartered in Madrid, Spain, and manufacturing in Mesa, Arizona as well as with manufacturing partners in India and China.