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Silfab Solar Eyes US Manufacturing Opportunities

Toronto, Ontario-based solar PV manufacturer Silfab Solar today said it is exploring U.S. manufacturing opportunities and locations to better service growing customer demand.

The company, which is a unit of Italy’s Silfab S.r.l., made the statement as part of an announcement that it has secured a supply agreement with California-based home improvement contractor PetersenDean’s roofing and solar division. Details on the location or potential capacity of the facility were not provided.

Three other solar manufacturers have announced they will open U.S. manufacturing facilities following President Donald Trump’s decision in January to impose solar tariffs. JinkoSolar in March said it plans to build a 400-MW solar module manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Florida. First Solar in April said it will build a 1.2-GW solar module manufacturing plant near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio, plant. And, at the end of May, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea Corp. said it will begin building a solar module manufacturing facility in Georgia this year, with construction scheduled to be complete in 2019. 

Silfab’s existing facility is located just outside of Toronto in Mississauga. The company in 2016 increased its production capacity to 300 MW, and in December, it sealed a deal with Morgan Solar Inc. to expand its production with PV modules that have advanced low concentration optics.

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