Longi Solar is working with solar power developer Invenergy to build a solar module production facility in the US state of Ohio.
Chinese panel manufacturer Longi Solar and US solar project developer Invenergy have agreed to jointly build a 5 GW solar panel factory in Pataskala, Ohio through the newly formed Illuminate USA. According to a press release from Illuminate USA, the plan will cost $220 million. Invenergy said it invested $600 million in the plant.
According to Illuminate USA, the construction of the facility will bring 150 jobs. Once commissioned, it requires 850 people to keep it going. The factory produces single- and double-sided solar modules.
Invenergy’s involvement in solar panel manufacturing follows a rising pattern in the US market. According to the Solar Energy Industries of America “Solar & Storage Supply Chain Dashboard,” Invenergy’s total U.S. solar module capacity is over 58 GW. This figure includes proposed facilities and facilities under construction or expansion, and does not include Long’s capacity.
According to Long’s quarterly filings, the company hopes to reach 85 GW of solar panel manufacturing capacity by the end of 2022. This would make it the largest solar panel assembly company in the world. It is already one of the largest manufacturers of solar wafers and cells.
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