Solar

Suntech Plans 120-MW Arizona Factory

Suntech Power Holdings Co. and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday, announced that the company’s first U.S. manufacturing plant will be located in the City of Goodyear, Arizona. The Suntech Goodyear factory will initially employ more than 70 local residents and is designed as a showcase for the company’s latest-generation solar electricity manufacturing technologies and equipment.

It will begin with a production capacity of 30 MW and has the potential to expand to over 120 MW, giving Suntech the ability to respond to the rapidly growing demand for solar throughout the United States. Manufacturing in Suntech’s Goodyear plant will begin in September 2010.

“I am pleased to welcome Suntech to Arizona, and commend the company for choosing Goodyear as the site for its solar manufacturing operation,” Governor Brewer said. “I am very serious about establishing Arizona as a leader in the renewable energy sector — we offer a strategic location with a highly skilled workforce, low payroll taxes, and, now, the right incentive program to make business sense.”

The company is the first major Chinese solar firm to set up shop in the U.S. When the company first announced its plans, it said it was locating in the U.S. in order to give have easier acccess to the market and reduce shipping and other expenses related to operating in the U.S. market.

RenewableEnergyWorld.com’s Stephen Lacey caught up with Suntech’s Steven Chan about the company’s recent moves into the U.S. market, partnership deals it has signed and the prospects for the Chinese solar market. Watch the video below to hear more.