BP & Jabil Expand Solar Manufacturing Deal

BP Solar announced an agreement with Jabil Circuit, Inc. to assemble BP Solar modules for the North American market in Jabil’s plant in Chihuahua, Mexico. The agreement calls for an initial capacity of 45 megawatts (MW) with the opportunity for expansion as demand increases. Production will begin in the second quarter

This agreement builds on a relationship that began with the October 2009 announcement of a 45 MW deal for Jabil to manufacture BP Solar modules in Poland for the European market.  Since that time, BP Solar has ordered a second 45 MW module assembly line at the Poland facility to feed continued strong European market growth.

“We are very pleased to add cost competitive module assembly manufacturing with Jabil in North America,” said Reyad Fezzani, CEO of BP Solar.  “We expect the North American and European solar markets to grow significantly over the next several years and this contract will help ensure that we can meet demand for our highest life time value products, and services.”

Fezzani stressed that Jabil will assemble various BP Solar-designed and branded modules for the residential, commercial and utility markets at its Mexico plant from solar cells manufactured around the globe by BP Solar and third party manufacturers, all to BP’s specifications and quality assurance standards.

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