Today (Feb. 7), less than a year after SunPower announced that is was purchasing SolarWorld’s manufacturing facilities in Oregon to boost its US manufacturing, the company is now producing its P-Series solar panels at full capacity there and will soon start fulfilling customer orders with US-made panels. It’s just four months after the sale was completed in October.
"Today we celebrate the revival of American solar panel manufacturing as SunPower's high-quality P19 product starts coming off the line in Oregon," said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and chairman of the board. "Now that we're in full production, we look forward to meeting our strong U.S. commercial market demand with these high-performance American-assembled panels.”
SunPower is employing about 200 people at the facility where it’s producing its 19 percent efficient P19 solar panel at the facility. The panel uses a cell interconnect technology developed by US-based, SunShot Initiative-funded, Cogenra Solar, which SunPower purchased in 2015 and brought to market within the year. While highly efficient, the technology uses shingle-cell design that’s different than SunPower’s more efficient X-Series and E-Series solar panels.
"As a leading solar technology and energy services provider, we pride ourselves on offering the industry's most efficient solar panels available today that we design, engineer and manufacture ourselves," Werner said. "With strong US solar demand expected to continue, we are committed to offering our customers the option to buy industry-leading SunPower solar panels assembled right here at home."
The company has aggressively expanded production of the P-Series solar panels across the world. It’s a popular choice for commercial entities and the company said that some of the first recipients of the new, US made panels would include several Fortune 500 companies, an auto dealer in Texas, and a church in Missouri.
US-based SunPower is now manufacturing some of the world’s most efficient commercially available solar panels. The company also plans to introduce a Next Generation Technology later this year.
A number of other solar panel companies are increasing their US manufacturing as well. They include JinkoSolar, which contracted with NextEra Energy to purchase at least 7 million solar panels from a facility it is building in Florida.Tweet