Virgina headquartered GreenBrilliance said it plans to produce modules it the US but has not yet revealed where exactly it will locate the facility. (Photo Credit: www.goodfreephotos.com)
- GreenBrilliance has announced its plans to manufacture solar PV modules within the US that will create hundreds of new jobs, it said
- The proposed facility will manufacture high-efficiency crystalline and bi-facial PV panels
- Location, timeline or capacity of the proposed facility has not been shared as of now
Virginia, US headquartered alternative energy services provider GreenBrilliance plans to set up a solar module manufacturing facility. The US located facility will manufacture high-efficiency crystalline and bifacial PV panels. It is expected to create ‘hundreds of new jobs’.
The management has not shared the capacity of the proposed fab, investment required or location details. More information about the fab will be announced shortly, it said.
Capitalizing on the ‘Made in USA’ sentiment and import tariffs on foreign made solar panels, GreenBrilliance says dearth and lack of availability of locally manufactured modules in the US has left ‘a big void in the market space’.
“We will be locally manufacturing our high-performance and high quality PV modules. We hope to combine the internally developed state-of-the-art technology with the creativity and hard work of American workers to continue to deliver world-class products to our customers. By manufacturing the panels in the USA, we intend to serve hundreds of installers and project developers nationwide, eagerly looking for better options in PV panels for their projects and customers,” said Sumit Bhatnagar President and CEO of GreenBrilliance.
The module factory will come in addition to GreenBrilliance’s facility in India with a fully automated production line, where it manufactures modules ranging between 185 W to 270 W with international certification, which is rather low compared to leading Chinese manufacturers, which usually offer 60-cell ‘standard’ PERC bifacial mono panels of 310 W (see Bifacial Solar Technology Report 2018).
In 2008, it placed an order for turnkey solar module manufacturing line with Spire Corporation. The capacity provided by Spire’s line was 12 MW of modules annually.
GreenBrilliance’s plans follow the announcements made by some other companies to have local manufacturing facilities in the US, post President Trump’s tough stance against imported solar modules flooding the domestic market (see Trump Slaps 30% Tariff On Imported Cells & Modules).
SunPower acquired SolarWorld Americas to get a functional US cell and module production fab, while First Solar is gearing up for its 1.2 GW Series 6 thin-film module production facility in Ohio (see 1.2 GW First Solar Fab In Ohio). The latest foreign module company to announced a US based module factories was LG from Korea, which said end of June that it plans to set up a 500 MW facility in Huntsville, Alabama.