Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. has opened its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Ariz. The new module production facility has an initial 30 MW of annual capacity and will employ more than 75 operators, engineers and professionals by the end of this year.
Suntech notes that due to customer interest, it is planning to expand the facility to 50 MW early next year and targets to employ more than 150 people by the end of 2011.
The 117,000 square-foot facility will initially focus on producing Suntech's 280 W Vd-series modules, which are primarily used for commercial and utility-scale electricity generation. All modules produced at the facility will be compliant for procurement in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects.
SOURCE: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.