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Arizona a Growing Hot Spot for Solar, Renewable Energy Companies

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, July 6 2011 under: Suntech, First Solar, Solar PV Panels, Solar Manufacturing

Blessed with lots of sunshine, Arizona is a great place to install solar panels. Thanks to a pro-business climate and its close proximity to big markets, like California, the state is turning out to be a great place to make solar panels, too.

Consider that the two world's two biggest solar panel manufacturers have Arizona-based operations: thin-film maker First Solar has long called Tempe home, while Suntech, a China-based company, opened shop in the Phoenix area last October. All told, Arizona is home to more than 100 "significant solar energy businesses," according to PV Magazine.

The uptick in business has been welcomed. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, many governors took up job creation as a top priority. Perhaps more than in any other state, Arizona officials have enacted policies intended to encourage renewable energy companies to set up instate operations.

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With Low-Cost Solar Panels, Suntech Set to Launch U.S. Residential Solar Lease

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, June 29 2011 under: Suntech, Solar Homes, Cost and Financing, solar lease

The world of solar leasing just got a whole lot more interesting.

Last week, Google announced a plan to invest $280 million in SolarCity, a California-based company that offers solar leases in ten states across the U.S.

Hours after, news broke that Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd -- a large China-based manufacturer of solar panels -- was working on plans to offer a solar home energy lease option of its own. Both developments are likely to increase the availability of solar leases to qualifying homeowners in select states.

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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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Most Popular Home Solar Panels in California: SunPower, Sharp, Kyocera, Suntech & Yingli

Earlier in the week I took a look at which brands of solar panels have been top choices for residential solar energy systems in California. We found that three manufacturers -- SunPower, Sharp Solar and BP Solar -- have accounted for about half of all residential solar energy systems, judging from the number of rebate applications received under California's main solar incentive program.

The data reviewed on Tuesday go all the way back to 2006, when that incentive program -- the California Solar Initiative -- was launched. I suggested at the end of my previous post that a peek at more recent numbers only would reveal "a rise in the number of installations from manufacturers like Suntech Power, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar relative to makers like Evergreen Solar and SolarWorld."

Well, here's what the numbers look like since 2010:

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Suntech to Make Solar Panels in Arizona, Open Shop in America

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, September 23 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Arizona Solar, Suntech, Solar PV Panels, panel manufacturing

One of the world's biggest manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules is just weeks away from opening its first U.S. plant, a move that will bring much-needed jobs and add to the growing green energy sector of the U.S. economy.

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Solar Shipbuilder Delivers in China, Makes First Profit

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, June 9 2010 under: international solar, Suntech, NYSE:STP, Solar Sailor, Solar Boats

In 2008, a wave of fortune crashed upon Solar Sailor as the innovative shipbuilder sold one if its ferries to Suntech Power, a leading China-based manufacturer of solar panels. The deal is a main reason why 2010 will be the company's first profitable year since it opened for business in 1999.

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Sales for Suntech, First Solar High Despite German Subsidy Cuts

Posted by Connie Zheng In Monday, June 7 2010 under: international solar, china, Suntech, First Solar, Germany

Well ahead of the German solar subsidy cuts slated for July 1, German demand for solar modules from powerhouses Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd. and First Solar has been high—high enough to have prompted the former to add 1 gigawatt in production capacity in Shanghai over the following three years, and high enough to have induced the latter to announce its inability to meet demand this year.

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Lower Prices for U.S. Solar in 2010?

Posted by Connie Zheng In Friday, February 5 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Suntech, Germany

The trouble with reading any analyses, reports or simple statements from industry experts is how difficult it can be to sift through the mass of material. Differentiating sound judgment from pure noise, or attempts at manipulation from a desire to present balanced viewpoints—these are the challenges that face anyone with an interest in a burgeoning field, especially one as (relatively) new as solar.

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SunTech to Build U.S. Plant Near Phoenix

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, November 16 2009 under: Solar Industry News, international solar, Arizona Solar, china, Suntech, STP

SunTech has been quite the news-maker these days. The Chinese solar-panel maker recently announced plans to open its first U.S.-based plant in the Phoenix area. The new facility is expected to employ over 75 full-time employees and, depending on how the U.S. solar market performs, may double the number on payroll within a year.

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Suntech to Bring Solar to Pakistan

Posted by Adam Sewall In Thursday, October 15 2009 under: international solar, Suntech, Pakistan

Suntech Power Holdings Co., (STP), the world's largest makes of silicon-based solar panels, today announced plans to expand its activities in Pakistan's market. The company will partner with Pakistan's Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) to "work towards the widespread use of solar energy technologies to meet the energy shortage in Pakistan." The press release goes on to note:

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