Oregon, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] SolarWorld AG announced that it plans to expand its production capacities in the United States. The company wants to build a new manufacturing facility for the production of crystalline solar power modules with a capacity of 350 megawatts (MW) at its Hillsboro, Oregon site by 2011.
This will boost the group’s integrated production capacity of crystalline solar wafers, solar cells and solar modules in the U.S. to 500 MW each. Nationwide more than 1,000 employees will be working for Solar World in the U.S. following this expansion
“In addition to good growth prospects the USA as a production location also offers the best possible framework conditions to meet the high quality demands SolarWorld. What we have found here is an excellent research infrastructure, a highly qualified workforce and high social and environmental standards. These are central parameters for the production of sustainable and high efficiency products,” said Frank Asbeck, chairman and CEO of SolarWorld.
One year ago, SolarWorld had updated its solar module production line at its Camarillo, California site and had opened the new Hillsboro, Oregon site where a wafer and cell production facility started operating in October 2008.
Together with the expansion at the European location in Freiberg, Germany, SolarWorld AG will have group-wide production capacities of more than 1 gigawatt (GW) by the year 2011 and will employ more than 3,000 people.