SolarWorld To Add Module Assembly in Its Hillsboro Facility
This addition will round out SolarWorld’s commitment to Oregon manufacturing and the U.S. market. A new, 210,000-square-foot building nearing completion next to SolarWorld’s 480,000-square-foot main U.S. factory will house 350 megawatts of annual module-manufacturing capacity. Combined with 150 MW in Camarillo, Calif., the company’s capacity will total 500 MW in the United States and 1.15 gigawatts worldwide by 2011. Module assembly will occupy half of the new building, logistics the other half.
Construction of the new building, which employed up to 180 construction workers, has added 44 percent more space to the site just a year after it opened on Oct. 17, 2008. The addition of module assembly is coming sooner and in greater capacity than the company initially planned. “While we always intended to add moduling in Hillsboro as part of our long-term expansion goal, today marks the launch of actual steps to equip, staff and operate a new building for that purpose,” said Boris Klebensberger, president of SolarWorld Industries America. “These steps reflect our unwavering determination to use Oregon’s skilled, silicon-savvy work force – in concert with our veteran employees in Camarillo – to manufacture the world’s best PV power technology right here on U.S. soil.”
SolarWorld has begun assembling a management team and work force for the new factory, and the company says that this will not alter its previous commitment to employ 1,000 workers by 2011.