Business expansion
Méditerranée; Provence-Alpes-Côte d\'Azur; Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Location of affected unit(s)
Saint Auban (Alpes de Haute Provence)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

250 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
4 December 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2008
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


The world consortium Silpro (Silicium de Provence) announced on 4 December 2006 the choice of Saint Auban (Alpes de Haute Provence) to build the first factory in the world entirely intended for the production of silicon polycristalin for the manufacturing of solar panels. The investment of 245 million Euro is expected to create 250 jobs in 2008. The construction of the factory is planned for the end of 2007 and production will most likely start by the end of 2008. In 2010, further investments may follow doubling or even tripling production and creating new jobs.


  • 15 March 2007: Le Figaro
  • 6 December 2006: Les Echos
  • 5 December 2006: Les Echos


Eurofound (2006), Silpro, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 64560, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64560.