Suniva, Inc., a metro-Atlanta based manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announces that it is opening a second U.S. manufacturing facility in Saginaw Township, Michigan.
Currently, Suniva produces its high-powered Optimus monocrystalline module line with power ratings up to 280W (60-cell format) and a 330W (72-cell format). The new facility’s construction will begin in August and will provide up to 200MW of additional capacity to Suniva’s PV module manufacturing when it starts operation in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The fully-operational plant is expected to add 350 new jobs to the Saginaw community, and represents the next step in the fulfillment of the company’s vision of growth in the Saginaw Valley. “The U.S. market has spoken and has clearly stated that it values a company that was born in the USA, is owned in the USA, and builds high-quality products here. We are honored by that validation, and pleased that our success is allowing us to give back by the creation of additional U.S. jobs,” said John Baumstark, chairman and chief executive officer of Suniva.
“Early on, Suniva identified the Great Lakes Bay Region as a strategic location for its continued expansion. We are very pleased that our long term partnership with Suniva is coming to fruition with meaningful job creation,” said JoAnn Crary, the President of Saginaw Future.