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Big Chinese Solar Panel Maker Hires More U.S. Workers, To Add 3rd Shift at Arizona Plant

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, May 18 2011 under: Solar Industry News, Arizona Solar, manufacturing, Suntech, Goodyear

We commonly think of this globalized economy of ours in terms of American companies shifting production overseas. It turns out the reverse occurs, too, even if at a much smaller scale.

Suntech Power, a leading China-based manufacturer of solar panels, said it has hired 30 workers at its Arizona plant in a push to expand its U.S. operations. To reach a goal of producing about 15,000 solar panels each month, the company will also add a third production shift to run the plant 24 hours a day.

"With growing demand for our U.S.-manufactured panels, we're excited to increase our production capacity and growth in Arizona's solar industry," Suntech's Arizona Production Manager Mike Starr said in a statement.

Suntech opened its Goodyear, Arizona facility

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Solar Panel Plant to be Built at Former GM Facility in Arizona

It's a sign of the times: the site of a former General Motors vehicle testing facility will soon house a manufacturing plant dedicated to making clean-energy-producing solar panels.

First Solar, the Tempe, Arizona-based maker of advanced thin-film solar modules, today announced it will build a its new U.S. manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona. The company will invest about $300 million in the facility and, in so doing, create some 600 jobs.

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Loans Extended to Four California Solar Panel Manufacturers

In an effort to stimulate manufacturing activity and job creation in California, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is using $13.4 million in federal funds to provide low-interest loans to four manufacturers within the state: Morgan Solar, Inc., Solar Power, Inc., Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., and Solaria Corporation.

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Colorado Solar Thin-Film Manufacturer to Sell into Chinese Market

News of a major partnership came out of Thornton, Colorado today as Ascent Solar Technologies, a manufacturer of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules, announced that it has signed a deal that will help it expand sales in the international market.

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Solar Manufacturer to Open First U.S. Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Friday, September 10 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Arizona Solar, manufacturing, California Solar, inverters

Thanks in part to its Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program, Arizona has been doing its part to encourage solar energy manufacturers to open shop within its borders. Since January 2010, five solar manufacturing companies have opened facilities in the Phoenix, Arizona area. On Thursday, that number jumped to six.

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Honeywell Expands Solar Power Product Line

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, September 8 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Honeywell, manufacturing, Solar Manufacturing

Two years ago, Honeywell began selling protective backings for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in harsh weather. The product is called the PowerShield PV325.

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Renewables Leaders Ponder Energy Future of New York, the Nation

Picture a future where renewable energy is the primary source rather than the alternative. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on homes and businesses are the norm and each house down the block has a driveway by day that becomes an electric vehicle charging station at night. Everything around you is getting power from the sun, from streetlights, to street signs, to computers.

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Neighborly outcry over solar manufacturing in MA

Posted by Margaret Collins In Friday, June 5 2009 under: Massachusetts Solar, manufacturing, Solar Technology, industry

In one of the quiet nooks of Massachusetts whose farmland and pasturage makes you forget that Boston is only a short drive away, a solar panel manufacturing facility has had an unexpected effect on the community: noise pollution. Neighbors of Evergreen Solar's facility in Harvard, MA are up in arms about a level of noise produced by the factory that they say is both constant and intolerable.

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