SolarWorld Set to Expand PV Module Manufacturing Site in Oregon

Five months after opening one of North America’s largest solar photovoltaic module manufacturing plants SolarWorld group has announced it will begin construction of a new, adjacent facility. The building, dedicated to logistics, distribution and production, will measure about 210,000 square feet, increasing the site’s plant space by 44 percent. SolarWorld’s main building, formerly a semiconductor factory, measures about 480,000 square feet.

Completion is scheduled for November. The new Logistics and Production Building is part of the company’s goal of building up its production level to 500 megawatts (MW) supported by more than 1,000 employees by 2011. This newest part of the Oregon project will initially employ between 150 and 200 construction workers at peak.

“We are fully committed to not only marketing the proven renewable energy of photovoltaic technology in the United States but also manufacturing it here,” said Boris Klebensberger, SolarWorld’s chief operating officer and president of SolarWorld Industries America. “This project further demonstrates our resolve.”

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