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Suntech opens first US solar panel plant

Posted: 12 Oct 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar panel? photovoltaic? green energy?

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. has opened its 117,000-square-foot solar panel manufacturing facility in Goodyear, Arizonaits first in the United States.

The plant is capable of producing an initial annual capacity of 30MW of solar panels but the company is already planning to add 20MW more early next year with the aim of increasing it to 120MW annually. Suntech said it installed state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing equipment for the production of its 280W Vd-series modules, primarily used for commercial and utility-scale electricity generation.

The operation, which is expected to improve the solar research collaboration between the company and the Arizona State University, will produce solar panels to be used in projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, an economic stimulus package enacted by the US Congress in February 2009.

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