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Suniva called “An American Success Story” by DOE Secretary

May 12th, 2010

SunivaNORCROSS, GA – Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has called Georgia-based Suniva, which makes advanced solar cells, “An American Success Story,” on the White House blog.

The entry followed Chu’s visit to the Georgia Institute of Technology, where Suniva’s technology was developed.

Suniva evolved from the Georgia Tech University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics (UCEP) and the research of its founding director, Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi, Suniva’s founder and CTO.

Chu wrote in his blog post that “This center and this company are powerful examples of how clean energy technology can drive job creation in the U.S. and increase our competitiveness.”

Suniva has exemplified the economic growth ideals put forth by the Obama administration by exporting production while creating U.S. jobs. Last year, Suniva exported more than 90 percent of its product to Asia and Europe.

“The U.S. needs to jump back into the clean energy race and play to win. That is the work we have started with investments like the Recovery Act and companies like Suniva,” continued Secretary Chu in his blog post. “Suniva has created more than 150 clean energy jobs manufacturing high-efficiency silicon solar cells and modules, using technology developed at UCEP.

Suniva, which makes silicon solar cells and modules of higher efficiency than others, ranked #2 in The Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Venture-Backed Clean Technology Companies in 2010.

The company has also been one of TechJournal South’s Tech 50, and was a presenting company at the first Southeast Venture Conference in 2007.

For the full post on Suniva see: Success Story

Previously on Techjournal South:

Suniva has sunny outlook on solar cells

Suniva beams in $75M round

Suniva negotiating for $141M DOE loan

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