China’s solar supplier Trina Solar plans to build a $200 million factory in Texas
Chinese article by 爱集微
English Editor 张未名
09-14 18:06

(JW Insights) Sep 14 -- Chinese solar supplier Trina Solar(天合光能) will spend $200 million on constructing a large solar panel factory in Texas, the United States, after the Chinese firm was ordered to pay additional tariffs on imported panels, reported Yicai Global on September 12.

The manufacturer will establish a facility of more than one million square feet in Wilmer, TX, to produce five gigawatts of solar modules per year and create 1,500 local jobs, the Changzhou-based firm said in a statement on September 11. The polysilicon used in the factory will come from the States and Europe.

Chinese photovoltaic companies are facing some headwinds in the US as in August, the commerce department concluded that five Chinese solar panel companies, including Trina Solar, have been skirting US tariff laws by routing their operations through Southeast Asian countries, and should have additional tariffs imposed on them.

"We have long had a vision to manufacture solar products in the US, and we are proud of the jobs we are creating and the investment we are making in the Wilmer community,” per Steven Zhu, president of Trina Solar US. The firm's goal is to create an ecosystem of American manufacturing that can serve the burgeoning solar market, he added.

Wilmer Mayor Shelia Petta applauded the investment. “It’s great to see that companies are reinvigorating manufacturing and creating workforce opportunities especially within Southern Dallas County as this region continues to explode with growth.”

Since Trina Solar was founded over a quarter of a century ago, it has shipped more than 150 GW of modules to help customers in more than 100 countries and regions generate renewable energy, according to the Yicai Global report.

(Gao J/Yuan XY)

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