Concentrating Photovoltaic Solar Power JV in China Commences Production

EMCORE Corporation (Nasdaq:EMKR), a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic and solar power markets, announced today that its joint venture with San’an Optoelectronics, Suncore Photovoltaics, has completed its Phase-I construction and started production of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) modules in its facility located in Huainan, China. A grand opening ceremony was held to officially mark production commencement on February 21, 2012.

Suncore was founded in July 2010, and broke ground to start construction of the current facility in February 2011. The current production facility in Huainan is the first phase of its three-phase construction and business growth plan. Now with Phase I having been completed, Suncore has an annual production capacity of 200 megawatt (MW) CPV modules using a highly automated production line.

Suncore has begun production against its 50MW purchase order for an installation in Golmud, China. Once completed, this project will be the largest CPV installation in the world.

"Given the current macroeconomic environment for photovoltaics, we believe China is emerging as the most promising market for CPV solar power in the world," said Christopher Larocca, Chief Operating Officer of EMCORE. Mr. Larocca added, "Suncore’s initial 50MW purchase order is a testament to the demand for CPV in China, and we firmly believe that Suncore’s cost model will allow Suncore to aggressively compete in the photovoltaic market there and around the world. EMCORE is very proud to be supplying the highest efficiency terrestrial solar cells currently in production for this milestone project."

"This is an exciting milestone for EMCORE Corporation, San’an Optoelectronics and Suncore. With the strong support from San’an, EMCORE, and the local regional government, Suncore completed the facility construction and commenced production at its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in one year," added Dr. Charlie Wang, President and CEO of Suncore Photovoltaics. "Suncore has also made tremendous progress developing solar projects in China. Through close collaboration with our business partners, Suncore is well positioned to be the dominant CPV supplier in China for commercial and power utility applications by offering a long-term cost-effective product to our customers."

EMCORE Corporation offers a broad portfolio of compound semiconductor-based products for the broadband, fiber optic, satellite and solar power markets. EMCORE’s Fiber Optic segment offers optical components, subsystems and systems for high-speed data and telecommunications networks, cable television (CATV) and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP), as well as specialty photonics technologies for defense and homeland security applications. EMCORE’s Photovoltaic segment provides products for both satellite and terrestrial applications. For satellite applications, EMCORE offers high-efficiency Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) solar cells, Covered Interconnect Cells (CICs) and panels. For terrestrial applications, EMCORE is adapting its high-efficiency GaAs solar cells for use in solar concentrator systems.

Suncore Photovoltaics Technology Co, Ltd, was founded in July 2010 as a joint venture between San’an Optoelctronics Co, Ltd in China and EMCORE Corporation for the purpose of engaging in the development, manufacture, and distribution of CPV receivers, modules and systems for terrestrial solar power applications. The joint venture consists of a 40 percent ownership by EMCORE and a 60 percent ownership by San’an. It is located in the High-Tech Development Zone of Huainan City, Anhui Province in China.

San’an Optoelectronics Co. Ltd is the largest producer of LED epitaxial wafers and chips and a leader of CPV manufacture and deployment in China. As a publicly traded company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (Stock code: 600703), San’an’s current market capitalization is approximately $2.5 billion. San’an designs, manufactures, sells, and supports products including full wavelength range high-brightness LED chips and wafers, compound-semiconductor solar cells, and PIN photodiodes. It operates over 250,000 m2 of facilities in Xiamen, Fujian province, Wuhu, Anhui province, and Tanjin. Its annual LED production capacity has reached 650,000 wafers or 20 billion LED chips currently.