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CX-002541: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Emerging Renewables Industries: Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenium (CIGS) Linear Source Thermal Deposition
CX(s) Applied: B2.2, B5.1
Date: 05/19/2010
Location(s): St. Paul, Minnesota
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

The State of Minnesota plans to provide $800,000 in Recovery Act funds to Veeco Instrument, Inc. at 4900 Constellation Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota 55127 for the purchase of equipment and related activities in the manufacturing of thin film solar panels. Veeco Instruments, Inc. is a provider of process and metrology equipment used to manufacture data storage, semiconductor, wireless, lighting and solar equipment. Veeco's St. Paul facility manufactures thermal deposition equipment used to deposit semiconductor materials onto a substrate. This equipment is used in the manufacture of thin film CIGS (copper, indium, gallium, selenium) solar panels. Veeco currently supplies equipment to over 50% of the worldwide CIGS solar cell manufacturers.