SunPower’s New Facility Enables 300 MW Solar Cell Production

SunPower has purchased its second solar-cell manufacturing facility that will expand its solar cell production capacity to more than 300 megawatts (MW) per year. It is located near the company’s existing plant in the Philippines.

Currently, SunPower operates three solar cell production lines at its first plant, and is installing a fourth line that will bring the total facility nameplate capacity to 108 MW per year when production begins in the fourth quarter of 2006. Up to 10 additional production lines can be installed in the new 40,000-square-meter manufacturing facility. Line 5, the first line scheduled for installation in the second facility is expected to begin production in the first half of 2007. Both Lines 4 and 5 will produce SunPower’s higher-efficiency Gen 2 (second generation) solar cells, with a minimum specified conversion efficiency of 22 percent. “The acquisition of this building provides SunPower with the option to accelerate our growth plans,” said PM Pai, COO of SunPower Corporation. “Plant 2 will be a larger manufacturing facility than Plant 1, offering us economies of scale and maximizing our opportunities for rapid cycles of learning from line to line.”
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