Invests $70 Million To Expand Solar Manufacturing Facility


BP Solar, a developer of solar electric systems for residential, commercial and industrial sectors, has initiated plans for a $70 million expansion project at its North American headquarters in Frederick, Md.

According to the company, the expansion will result in nearly doubling the facility's current casting and sizing capacity to approximately 150 MW, which will create about 70 new jobs. The plans include an upgrade of the interior of the facility and 140,000 square feet of new building space. The project also includes the relocation and integration of local warehousing and shipping facilities to the current site.

‘This expansion will keep us in command of a growing industry by meeting future demand and providing innovative products to the market,’ says Bob Malone, BP America's chairman and president.

The new facility will make BP Solar's Frederick site the largest fully integrated plant in North America, BP Solar says. Construction is slated to begin in the first half of 2007 and finish by the end of 2008 – pending approval of local permits.

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