The SolarWorld group plans to begin construction of a new facility adjacent to its Hillsboro, Ore., plant. The new building, which will be dedicated to logistics, distribution and production, will measure about 210,000 square feet, increasing the site's plant space by 44%.
SolarWorld's main building, formerly a semiconductor factory that was never put into full production in the late 1990s, measures about 480,000 square feet. The new logistics and production building leaves unchanged the company's goal of building 500 MW of production capacity and growing to more than 1,000 employees by 2011, SolarWorld says. The project will employ between 150 and 200 construction workers at peak, and construction will begin in November.