Mission Solar Energy Fires Up Panel Manufacturing In Texas


Mission Solar Energy LLC has opened its solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio.

The 240,000 square-foot facility produces n-type solar cells and 72-cell 320 W modules for Korea-based OCI Co. Ltd., which is developing four large-scale projects in the region, including the Alamo projects for CPS Energy. The plant reportedly can produce up to 50 panels per hour and has an annual capacity of 200 MW.

CPS Energy has endeavored to attract solar manufacturing and generating projects to the San Antonia area through its New Energy Economy program. Another partner, Sun Action Trackers, a subsidiary of Korea-based Paru Co. Ltd., has opened a 38,500 square-foot facility in the city to produce dual-axis tracking systems.

The effort has not been without its setbacks. Sun Action Trackers takes the place of Ercam Trackers LLC, which folded due to financial difficulties.

The Mission Solar factory represents the first foray into solar manufacturing for OCI, whose primary business is chemicals. Through the years, the company has expanded its business to include polysilicon and is building projects in the U.S. through its OCI Solar subsidiary.

‘Through CPS Energy's leadership, San Antonio is quickly becoming a hub for solar energy technology in the U.S.,’ says Alex Kim, president and CEO of Mission Solar Energy. ‘This is an ideal business climate for our growing company, as we aim to launch our product on the world stage.’

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