Solar

BP Solar Invests $70 M to Expand U.S. Facility

BP Solar plans to nearly double its current casting and sizing capacity to approximately 150 MW at its North American headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, in response to growing demand for solar energy.

“This is a significant investment in a world-class and well-established business,” said Bob Malone, chairman and president of BP America. “This expansion will keep us in command of a growing industry by meeting future demand and providing innovative products to the market.” The expansion plans call for the construction of 140,000 square feet of new building space allowing the company to nearly double its casting, sizing, and wafering manufacturing capacity. Plans also include the relocation and integration of local warehousing and shipping facilities to the current site. Construction is slated to begin in the first half of 2007 and finish by the end of 2008 pending approval of local permits. It is expected that the $70 million expansion project, which will create 70 new jobs, will upgrade the interior of the facility for use by sustainable design components. Other planned improvements include solar and environmental educational stations that will be available for tours and school groups.