- Solar4America plans to manufacture HJT solar cells in the US focusing on n-type technology
- The SPI Energy subsidiary targets to start production commercially by the end of 2024
- Previously the company had said Sumter County of South Carolina is where Solar4America and its wafer subsidiary SEM Wafertech will carry out production work
US based renewable energy company SPI Energy says its solar PV manufacturing arm Solar4America Technology plans to venture into n-type heterojunction (HJT) technology to produce solar cells in the US, with an unidentified capacity.
The wholly-owned subsidiary Solar4America will begin manufacturing state-of-the-art n-type HJT cells by the end of 2024, it added.
Currently, Solar4America produces solar panels from its Sacramento, California location, catering to residential, commercial and utility scale projects. By the end of 2023, it aims to increase its Sacramento solar module annual manufacturing capacity to 2.4 GW from 700 MW (see Solar4America Starts Manufacturing M10 Solar Modules In US).
“The production of HJT solar cells aligns with our commitment to providing cutting-edge renewable energy technology while reducing carbon footprints globally,” said SPI Energy Chairman and CEO Denton Peng.
SPI Energy already announced plans to set up solar wafer manufacturing factory in the US with capacity to produce 1.5 GW annually by 2023 and scale it up to 3 GW by 2024, emboldened by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) (see Solar Wafer Production In US Soon).
It has incorporated SEM Wafertech as the company’s solar wafer manufacturing subsidiary in the US. Earlier this year, SPI said both Solar4America and SEM Wafertech plan to occupy space in an existing building in Sumter County of South Carolina to start operations in Q4/2023.
European solar PV company Meyer Burger has already announced plans for 2 GW HJT solar modules in Arizona in the US, while Enel of Italy has picked Oklahoma for its 3 GW HJT solar panel fab in the North American country (see Oklahoma It Is For Enel In US).