SunPower’s Oregon Fab Starts Production

SunPower Acquired SolarWorld Americas’ Oregon Fab Starts Assembling P-Series Solar Panels; Shipping For Commercial Customers To Begin Soon
05:17 AM (Beijing Time) - 10. February 2019
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Being produced at the Hillsboro, Oregon fab (in the picture), SunPower says its P-Series products are the most deployed shingled cell based solar panels in the world. (Photo Credit: SunPower Corporation)

Key Takeaways

  • SunPower has started assembling its P-Series solar panels with 19% efficiency at the Hillsboro, Oregon facility it acquired from SolarWorld Americas
  • Targeted at commercial customers, shipping for these panels is set to commence in the coming weeks
  • The fab uses locally made automated stringing equipment and employs some 200 people

American solar power company SunPower Corporation’s Hillsboro, Oregon module fab has started producing its Performance Series (P19 or P-Series) solar panels. SunPower acquired this facility from SolarWorld Americas in October 2018 (see SunPower Acquires SolarWorld’s Oregon Fab).

Under SolarWorld Americas, the fab had an annual production capacity of 430 MW for cells and 550 MW for modules; however, SunPower does not talk about capacity of this plant in the official statement.

SunPower will start shipping these panels from the fab in the coming weeks. Leveraging locally made automated stringing equipment and a workforce of about 200, SunPower is assembling its P-Series panels for commercial customers at the fab.

The panels are based on shingle design developed by SunPower acquisition Cogenra Solar and funded partly by the US Department of Energy (DOE) under SunShot Initiative. The company claims the P-Series panels are the most deployed shingled cell solar panels in the world currently. Unlike its back-contact cell based Maxeon series, the P-series uses front-contact cells and come at high but lower efficiencies of 19%. (For background on shingle panel technology, see our TaiyangNews Advanced Module Technology Report 2018).

“Today we celebrate the revival of American solar panel manufacturing as SunPower’s high-quality P19 product starts coming off the line in Oregon,” said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and chairman of the board. “Now that we’re in full production, we look forward to meeting our strong US commercial market demand with these high-performance American-assembled panels.”

In January 2019, the company hired Jeff Waters as CEO of SunPower Technologies business unit to look after its global manufacturing, research and development and SunPower Solutions activities (see SunPower Hires CEO For Technologies business).

SunPower has taken a conscious decision to focus on distributed solar and in keeping with this shift, it sold its utility scale solar power pipeline of 4.7 GW to Clearway Energy group in 2018 (see Clearway Acquires SunPower’s 4.7 GW PV Pipeline).

Anu Bhambhani

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