Suniva Inc., a manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar cells, has officially opened the first solar factory in the southeastern U.S., in the Atlanta metro area. The company is planning to ramp to full production capacity in 2010.
‘Though Suniva is barely a year old, in some ways, today's ceremony is 20 years in the making,’ said Suniva founder and chief technology officer, Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi. ‘My life's work in advancing solar technologies has been made possible as a direct result of government funding and involvement with Georgia Tech. Suniva is the realization of all those years of hard work.’
In October – less than six months after announcing plans to build a manufacturing facility – Suniva completed installation of its first production line in this new facility and began shipping its proprietary ARTisun solar cells.