- US based Great Lakes Solex has announced plans to build a solar panel manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico
- Planned to be located in Aguadilla municipality, the factory will have an annual capacity of 6 GW
- The company says it is encouraged by the US DOE’s recent $450 million funding for local households
Solar technology company Great Lakes Solex PR has announced plans to build a 6 GW strong solar module factory in the unincorporated territory of the US, Puerto Rico, saying it is encouraged by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) funding for solar and storage in the region.
Greak Lakes is hinting at the US government’s recently announced $450 million funding to help improve rooftop solar access for local households in Puerto Rico (see Expanding Rooftop Solar Access In Puerto Rico).
It expects the 6 GW fab to create over 800 new jobs for which the company plans to partner with post-secondary education institutions to create workforce development pipeline training programs, the company announced in a brief statement.
The management of the Illinois, US-headquartered company seeks to establish the state-of-the-art factory in Aguadilla municipality. It has also secured the backing of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) and claims to have strategically partnered with the local business organization Invest Puerto Rico (IPR) to explore its business feasibility on the island.
“Our participation underscores our commitment to driving positive change through sustainable renewable energy solutions. We are excited about the prospect of contributing to Puerto Rico’s renewable energy landscape,” said President and Co-Founder of Great Lakes Solex, Sam Sanchez.