BP Solar Expands Solar Manufacturing Capacity in Maryland

BP Solar and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley broke ground June 16 on what will become a $97 million expansion project to nearly double the facility’s output capacity of solar energy products to approximately 150 megawatts (MW).

The investment will allow for space to further enlarge its manufacturing capacity to 400+ MW in its casting, sizing, and wafering processes. Construction is slated for completion by the end of 2009.

“Expanding our Frederick plant ensures that BP Solar stays at the forefront of the global solar industry by meeting demand, providing innovative products to our current customer base, and allowing us to enter new markets,” said Lee Edwards, BP Solar CEO. Furthermore, to help educate Maryland students about the importance of solar energy, BP announces it will contribute $100,000 to the Maryland Solar Schools program.

“By capitalizing on Maryland’s existing renewable industry and recently enacted legislation to promote solar and wind energy, I hope to make Maryland the engine of the renewable energy economy,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Today, BP is helping to lead the way by using sustainable building techniques and investing $100,000 in Maryland’s Solar Schools Program.”

For BP, this project is part of a larger growth plan for BP Solar globally. Earlier this year, the company announced it began construction on two large solar cell plants — one at its European headquarters in Tres Cantos, Spain, and the second at its joint venture facility, Tata BP Solar, in Bangalore, India.

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