SunPower Corp. plans to build a solar panel
manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico, to meet the demand
of a growing North American solar market, the firm said on
SunPower plans to lease an existing building, which
has up to 320,000 square feet of capacity, it said.
The announcement is consistent with SunPower's
strategy to expand its upstream vertical integration for local panel
manufacturing, company officials said.
SunPower will manufacture its high-efficiency E18
series, E19 series and world record setting E20 series solar
panels for residential, commercial and power plant projects, and will also produce its
SunPower T5 Solar Roof Tile system.
SunPower worked closely with the Industrial
Development Commission of Mexicali in locating the project.
"Establishing our own manufacturing facility in
Mexicali means we will be positioned to quickly deliver our
high-efficiency, high-reliability solar products to a
growing North American solar market," said Marty Neese,
SunPower's chief operating officer.
"Over the past year, we have successfully ramped up
manufacturing at Fab 3 in Malaysia where we set records for
output and yield efficiency, Neese continued.
SunPower also launched manufacturing in
California, with a facility in Silicon Valley, and expanded our
panel manufacturing in Europe."