Nanosolar solar Musings

[San Jose, California USA]

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visits Nanosolar Headquarters to sign SB 71.
New Nanosolar CEO Geoff Tate was mentioned by the Governor but did not join the speakers.

After seeing Monday’s “Nanosolar Shocker: Chip Veteran Tate Becomes CEO” by Michael Kanellos for Greentech Media, my first question was who will land the big “get” interview with Martin Roscheisen for the inside story?

Moving forward, “Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation for Green Tech Manufacturing Equipment Sales Tax Exemption to Create Jobs” was instead hosted at the Nanosolar Corporate Headquarters and solar cell manufacturing facility in San Jose on Wednesday. Reintroduced by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) based on 2009 legislation, SB 71 creates “a sales tax exemption for the purchase of green tech manufacturing equipment in California.” California was one of only three states which tax all manufacturing equipment investments. The bipartisan bill was passed in seven (7) weeks from start to finish.

During his introduction in the Office of the Governor video shown above, Nanosolar, Inc. Vice President of Corporate Development Brian Sager said:

My name is Brian Sager, and I am the founder of Nanosolar.

Nanosolar’s Our History and Milestones still state: “May 2002: Martin Roscheisen and Brian Sager, two former Stanford PhD candidates, found Nanosolar”.

With regard to SB 71 and Nanosolar, Mr. Sager said:

The SB 71 sales tax exemption will help us save 10’s of millions of dollars as we build out our manufacturing operations allowing Nanosolar to remain in California where we plan to substantially expand our solar cell factory and to grow jobs which support our state economy.

Three of our five largest customers are also headquartered in California and have plans to build solar power plants here in our home state. In San Jose, Nanosolar prints electronic semiconductor ink onto rolls of metal foil.

After discussing the creation of downstream installation jobs, Mr. Sager said:

Installed in utility scale, free field, solar power plants, Nanosolar panels have the potential to enable power production that is competitive with fossil fuel energy sources such as coal but with a vastly reduced carbon footprint.

San Jose Major Chuck Reed and Nanosolar’s Brian Sager traveled to Sacramento last year to testify on behalf of the legislation, and both received signed copies of SB 71 with pens from the Governor.

In early March, I was in South San Jose so I detoured by Nanosolar for a parking lot survey, my first since “Nanosolar surprises in CIGS Photovoltaic parking survey”. The front and side parking lots were again packed with cars, perhaps more than before. However, I didn’t see any in or outbound truck traffic as I moseyed on past though I could not view the back lot for activity.


  1. StevePluvia says:

    Thanks for the update Ed,nice work as always.

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