Suniva Opens Solar Cell Factory

Suniva Inc., a manufacturer of high value crystalline silicon solar cells, has opened one of the first solar manufacturing facilities in the Southeast United States with the help of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. Located in the Atlanta metro area, Suniva’s manufacturing facility will create over 100 high-paying, permanent green jobs by year-end 2009 and even more as it ramps to full production capacity in 2010.

In October, less than six months after announcing plans to build a manufacturing facility, Suniva completed installation of its first production line in this new facility and began shipping its proprietary ARTisun solar cells. When the company originally announced plans to build the facility it was expected to have a total production capacity of 32 megawatts. Suniva’s solar cells are delivered to solar module manufacturers around the world under existing contracts worth over US $1 billion.

“With patents developed in the laboratories of Georgia Tech, Suniva’s story is a prime example of how Georgia can lead the nation by teaming the strengths of public and private institutions,” said Governor Perdue.

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