Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu called Suniva, based in Norcross, GA, “An American Success Story” during a recent visit to Georgia Institute of Technology.
He went on to say “With longstanding support from the Department of Energy, and under the direction of Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi , this Center at Georgia Tech has become a premier site for silicon PV research in the U.S. The company that evolved from this work – Suniva – is an American success story.”
“America pioneered solar PV technology, and, as recently as the mid-1990s we had about 45 percent of the world market share, but we have let that lead slip away. Today, we have only about 5 percent of the world market. 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. In fact, last year, Suniva exported more than 90 percent of its product to Asia and Europe.”
Read the entire statement on the White House blog.