Seraphim Solar, a Chinese solar panel manufacturer announced that it plans to build a new manufacturing plant Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA in Jackson, Miss. The new plant, when completed is expected to produce at least 300 megawatts of solar panels a year and could produce as much 1 gigawatt of modules annually within three years.
"Solar energy has become the leading source of renewable energy globally, creating a strong 20 year cycle of growth for our company," explained Justin Xi, the Global Executive GM of Seraphim. "Building this plant in the USA is one of many steps to Seraphim's aggressive global strategy. We are continuing to expand in order to meet the increasing global demand for our products.
The company has been aggressive in building out its products, having formed in China in 2009. For instance, it’s third manufacturing plant in China, Seraphim Changzhou, is expanding its production capacity to 1.1 gigawatts of annual solar panel manufacturing even as the company starts to build out the plant in Mississippi.
Xi cited high-demand for its products as its reason to build the new plant in the U.S. and for its expansion in other parts of the world. The new plant in Mississippi will be highly automated and will produce Seraphim’s DuraFlex modules and other products, including its twin-glass modules.
The new plant in Mississippi is expected to create 250 jobs to start, according to Clean Technica’s Tina Casey. She wrote that it could a far way to moving Mississippi up on The Solar Foundation’s solar employment rankings and other rankings as well. Currently the state has roughly 400 solar jobs. That’s still a far cry from the 1,200 solar jobs in neighboring Louisiana, which was 29th in the foundation’s annual solar jobs census, but it is progress.
However, she also noted that other solar panel manufacturers have stalled when it comes to building PV manufacturing plants in the state, among them Twin Creeks and Stion. That said a number of new solar installations in the state as well as a globally hot PV panel market could help make sure the plant survives by serving the Americas, if not just the U.S.Tweet