Solaria, an American solar panel manufacturer, is going to sell a good chunk of its solar panels to China, counter to the much more common scenario of China manufacturing solar panels (and other goods) for the US.
Solaria is based in Fremont, California. Its panels, which are of the STS-AZ type, are being used in several large-scale (in the megawatts) solar power plants that are currently under construction in the Qinghai province of China and in Inner Mongolia.
Solaria says it is working on the projects for China Guodian Corporation, which is state-owned through its GD Solar subsidiary, and for Huanghe Hydropower, a subsidiary of China Power Investment Corporation.
“As China expands its deployment of solar energy, there is a big push toward increasing the efficiency and reliability of large-scale solar power plants,” said Solaria CEO Dan Shugar. “These projects require high-yield technology and experienced teams. Solaria’s state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic module technology, reliable tracking systems, and expertise in large-scale project development will be of great value as China moves toward renewable power.”
However, the solar panels may not necessarily be constructed in the United States. In fact, that’s highly unlikely, as the company has stated that it will build a high-volume solar module manufacturing plant in China. I assume that’s practically a requirement for getting into the market.