November 22, 2010 | Wellesley, MA USA

Saint-Gobain Solar Wins Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award for the Northeast Region

Seventh Annual Awards Luncheon to honor companies growing in the Commonwealth

Saint-Gobain Solar, a leading manufacturer of sustainable materials and engineered renewable energy solutions, was named a gold winner in MassEcon's (The Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development) Seventh Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. Selected based on factors including job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community involvement, these awards recognize the outstanding contributions that companies from across the state have made to the Massachusetts economy. A luncheon to honor to winners will be held on November 23. Wyc Grousbeck, Managing Partner and CEO of the Boston Celtics, will be featured speaker.

Saint-Gobain Solar, a leading manufacturer of sustainable materials and engineered renewable energy solutions, recently introduced its innovative LightSwitch™ portfolio of fluoropolymer film technologies to the photovoltaic (PV) market, including LightSwitch Frontsheet, LightSwitch Encapsulant, and LightSwitch Frontsheet Complete, as well as a design program for photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers. A high-performance and durable alternative to conventional materials, LightSwitch technologies provide PV module manufacturers with enhanced performance, durability, and a reduction in total systems cost.

"As renewable energy becomes a global priority, Saint-Gobain has made a sizeable investment in its photovoltaic business, including the expansion of its Worcester facility, procuring the latest in high-tech equipment, and acquiring key industry expertise," said Julia DiCorleto, Business Manager, Photovoltaics & Extruded Films, Saint-Gobain Solar. "This allows us to meet the increased demand for environmentally sustainable energy, while also benefitting the community in which we live and work.

"The winners of the Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards all have outstanding stories, from adding jobs, to office expansion, to the positive ways in which they impact their communities," said Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon. "We are proud that these companies call the Commonwealth home."

About Saint-Gobain Solar

A worldwide leader in solar energy services, Saint-Gobain boasts a long and successful history in the construction materials market. Nearly 350 years of history, marked by technical revolutions and commercial successes, has made Saint-Gobain an ever-present industry player. Today, Saint-Gobain is combining its traditional field of expertise, housing and construction, with its solar technology know-how. The company's commitment to continual innovation aims to people's lives more comfortable, economical and sustainable throughout the world. Saint-Gobain Solar reaffirms the company's commitment to making solar energy a springboard of growth and innovation. For more information, please visit

About MassEcon

MassEcon is a private non-profit partnership of business and government dedicated to fostering economic growth in the Commonwealth. Launched in 1993 by the Governor's Council for Growth and Technology, MassEcon promotes Massachusetts by providing information services to companies seeking to expand or relocate to the state. MassEcon's services include the Site Finder Service, the Research & Information Service, and the Massachusetts Ambassadors program. MassEcon is a member of the Massachusetts Business Resource Team.


Julia DiCorleto
Manager, Photovoltaics & Extruded Films