On Tuesday, China-based solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. held the opening ceremony for its new panel manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Fla.
Located at 4660 POW-MIA Memorial Pkwy., the facility began pilot production in November and has since been steadily ramping up. Once fully operational, the $50 million facility will employ more than 200 workers and manufacture 400 MW of 60- and 72-cell monocrystalline PERC modules annually.
“JinkoSolar continues to gain market share in many regions across the globe, including the United States, and this factory will be key to solidifying that strong market position,” says Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar. “We are fortunate to call Jacksonville home, with its excellent business environment and hospitable community, features which enabled us to find a talented workforce, complete the facility and quickly begin producing world-class PV modules.”
JinkoSolar revealed plans for the Jacksonville location last March.
“When JinkoSolar began exploring options for its first U.S. manufacturing operation, they could have chosen any location throughout the country,” says Lenny Curry, the city’s mayor. “I am incredibly delighted that JinkoSolar chose the city of Jacksonville as its U.S. headquarters. It clearly demonstrates our growing reputation as a business-friendly community with a quality workforce, quality economic offerings and quality of life conditions. We welcome them!”