The facility is expected to bring 1,500 jobs and represents a $250 million investment.
Canadian solar module manufacturer Solar announced a new manufacturing facility located in Mesquite, Texas, marking the company’s first manufacturing facility in the United States.
The planned production of the module manufacturing plant is 20,000 modules per day, with a total annual production capacity of 5 GW. Production is expected to start at the end of 2023.
The facility represents a $250 million capital investment in a US manufacturing facility, one of many announcements in the production of clean energy during the last 10 months since the Inflation Reduction Act came into force.
“Canadian Solar’s new $250 million manufacturing facility in Mesquite will strengthen Texas’ position as the energy capital of the world and ensure leadership as a global technology hub,” said Governor Greg Abbott.
Dr. Shawn Qu, founder and CEO of Canadian Solar, said the establishment of the plant is an important milestone for the company as it moves to serve the US market.
“We hope this is the first of many long-term investments we expect to make in the United States as we think strategically about a resilient and sustainable clean energy supply chain,” Qu said.
Canadian Solar is one of the largest suppliers of tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) technology worldwide. This technology will be implemented in the modules manufactured at the Texas factory. TOPCon is one of the highest efficiency in the commercial PV market and have high bifaciality that absorbs and converts light from both sides of the module.
In addition to module production in the Lone Star State, Canadian Solar’s subsidiary Recurrent Energy provides development services for utility solar and energy storage projects. The 17-year-old development business was bought by a module manufacturer in 2021. Repetitive develops public benefit projects which are the largest in the country.