Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. says its first U.S. manufacturing plant for the growing North American market will be located in the Greater Phoenix area. The plant will have an initial production capacity of 30 MW and is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2010.
According to the company, this move makes Suntech the first Chinese cleantech leader to bring manufacturing jobs to the U.S. Suntech adds that it selected the greater Phoenix area for its plant because of Arizona's leadership in research through Arizona State University and statewide renewable energy policies, particularly its renewable [portfolio] standard and distributed generation set-aside, as well as a supportive local business climate represented by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
The Suntech U.S. plant will employ over 75 full-time employees at launch and may double its staff within the year as the North American market develops. The plant, which will be approximately 80,000 to 100,000 square feet, will also allow for long-term growth of manufacturing capabilities.
SOURCE: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.