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China's Suntech to establish U.S. solar facility

Posted: 15 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:U.S. solar plant? photovoltaic? renewable energy?

China photovoltaic module manufacturer Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd disclosed plans to establish solar energy products manufacturing in the United States.

The company is currently exploring opportunities in several states that could be optimal, cost-effective locations for a production and distribution center as part of its strategy to create a long-term presence within the United States.

Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's chairman and CEO said, "We believe in the outstanding long-term prospects of the solar energy market in the United States, and we will continue to invest in our ability to meet a substantial portion of that potential growth through in-market manufacturing. A number of favorable developments have led us to this decision, including the dramatic growth in utility demand for large-scale wholesale solar projects, the increasing number of states with incentive programs for customer-owned systems and the federal government's recent stimulus package, all of which will drive steady, long-term growth in demand."

Shi added that the company is set to make a decision on the location of the facility within the next six months, considering a variety of criteria, including local manufacturing incentives and long-term policy commitments. "Suntech has invested significant resources in establishing a world-class solar team in the U.S. to service a national dealer network, provide system design and installation advice and support, and develop 10MW+ solar projects. Initiating manufacturing in the U.S. will drive further growth of green jobs and support the ongoing transition to renewable energy sources."

Using the talent of its KSL-Kuttler subsidiary, which designs and supplies automation equipment for the PCB industry, Suntech's manufacturing team has created a pilot line to develop low-cost, proprietary processes that can be replicated in key countries outside of China, including the United States. By locating manufacturing facilities close to its customers, Suntech can reduce logistics issues and costs, thereby reducing carbon emissions due to the transport of modules and increasing just-in-time delivery capabilities.

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