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Suntech plans solar factory in USA

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd will build its first US solar module manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Arizona, USA

The Suntech Goodyear solar module factory will initially employ more than 70 people, and is designed as a showcase for Suntech's latest-generation solar electricity manufacturing technologies and equipment.

The initial production capacity will be 30 MW when manufacturing start in September 2010, with potential to expand to over 120 MW.

Suntech says the solar module plant will give it “the ability to respond to the rapidly growing demand for solar throughout the United States.”

Suntech chose Goodyear based on factors such as Arizona's progressive renewable energy standards and solar policies for both utility-scale and rooftop installations.

"Taking the step to bring manufacturing to the USA is a strategic move for our North American business, and we're focused on making the most of our investment," says Steven Chan, Chief Strategy Officer, Suntech.

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MyAIC said

02 February 2010
Follow-the-Leader: Why Isn’t Arizona First in Solar Technology?

Now, I have nothing against foreign companies – global competition makes us all better off. I recognize that all is fair in love, war, and business. Any company that brings more jobs into our beleaguered state is welcome. But here’s the question: why is Suntech not an Arizona company? How is Arizona not the home base for solar energy firms, their headquarters, R&D facilities, manufacturing plants, and generating stations?

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