ISFOC Awards 1.3MW of Concentrator PhotoVoltaic power plants

Concentración Solar La Mancha S.L., EMCORE Corp., Arima Eco, and Sol3g submitted the winning bids.

The ISFOC, Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentración S.A. or Institute of Concentration Photovoltaics Systems, Board of Directors awarded the 13 Concentrator PhotoVoltaic (CPV) pilot power plants at their last meeting. These awards complete the tender for the second phase of ISFOC’s 3MW (MegaWatt) CPV pilot plant program detailed in the previous post, ISFOC 1.3MW CPV Power Plant tenders made public. The terse ISFOC announcement is here.

Including two (2) Spanish firms, here are the 1.3MW award details:

Concentración Solar La Mancha S.L. (ES) 300kW
EMCORE Corp. (US) 300kW
Arima Eco (Taiwan) 300kW
Sol3g (ES) 400kW

The unsuccessful bidders included: Menova Energy (Canada), GreenVolts (US), Electricidad Alsanbo S.L. (ES), Infopyme Solar (ES), and SolFocus (US). The failure of the GreenVolts bid for a 200kW (kiloWatt) pilot power plant is notable. Perhaps the capacity was too small and the price per kilowatt was too high? SolFocus was awarded 500kW of CPV pilot power plants in the first phase.

Thanks to the folks at Sol3g, S.L. for bringing this ISFOC award to my attention. Earlier this month, Sol3g joined ASIF (, Asociación de la Industria Fotovoltaica or Spanish Photovoltaic Industry Association, per the press release Sol3g becomes member of Asif.


  1. Victronix says:

    Is this old news? I hadn’t seen it before and it names the universities and companies —

    Nov 20, 2007
    US splashes out on solar energy

    “The US Department of Energy plans to invest $21.7 m in developing new photovoltaic technology. The move forms part of the Solar America Initiative, which aims to make solar energy cost competitive with conventional electricity sources by 2015.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just to set the record straight, when GreenVolts submitted our bid to ISFOC we didn’t have data from our prototype yet – something that definitely hurt our bid. Price and capacity weren’t the issue.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Then its just a coincidence that Green Volts and Solfocus had the highest prices/W, double the winner’s bids?

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