SunPower to develop solar panel plant in Mexico

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 Friday.

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."

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