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Clean Power Suniva Starts Construction on 200 MW Solar Factory in Michigan

Published on August 15th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Suniva Starts Construction on 200 MW Solar Factory in Michigan

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August 15th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
 
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When you think of hot solar manufacturing markets, Michigan probably isn’t the first place that jumps to mind. Honestly, I don’t remember reading or writing anything about solar power in Michigan. Apparently, however, the former manufacturing-heavy state is getting a decently sized solar factory.

Suniva, a solar PV cell and module manufacturer, has just begun  construction on a 200 MW solar factory in the state. Specifically, the solar factory is being constructed in Saginaw Township in a former Sears warehouse. The factory is projected to create 350 construction and operation jobs.

“The U.S. is now one of the top three markets for the global solar industry. Given that, expanding our U.S. manufacturing operation makes a lot of sense and we believe Michigan is the ideal location,” Marc Rogovin, vice president of corporate services at Suniva, said. “With the region’s rich manufacturing history, we have a highly-skilled workforce to draw from and many key supply chain partners in the area. Michigan is a central location with the logistics infrastructure that makes it very easy for us to move our products.”

Read more about Suniva on its website.

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  • GCO

    So… what’s a “200 MW factory”? Does this number represent the expected or maximum output per year (e.g. ~750k 265W modules)?

    • solarone

      yes, or ~2000 panels/day assuming they run continuously.
      Interesting to work out what that is for the entire industry.
      This year we should be approaching 50 GW of installed panels globally. That is a production and installation of:
      ~50GW/year/250W=200 million panels/year or every day 550,000 panels are produced and installed.

  • http://www.ecofounder.net George Gray

    Emphasis on high quality seems to be contrasting to the PV production goals of China where the approach is more of a race to the bottom by competing on price. Also interesting how much emphasis they put on keeping their work force all american. Another great article from the best clean tech news site! Keep it coming – George

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      It’s tough to compete with SunPower, which has higher efficiencies and is also a US company. But we’ll see…

      • Try Finding Me

        SunPower panels are crazy overpriced.

      • GCO

        It’s easy to compete with SunPower on deals where power density isn’t important. While it indeed offers by far the most efficient modules, they’re also the most expensive.

        But yes, for everyone else, competition must be tough. Sharp decided to bail, Helios went under like many others before them… Hopefully those guys make it.

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