Suniva to open second US plant

Suniva will open a 200MW capacity solar module manufacturing facility near the City of Saginaw, Michigan, that it estimates will create 350 jobs within three years.

The plant, the company's second in the US, will be located within an existing building under lease by Suniva.  Construction of the production line will begin in August.

“The US market has spoken and has clearly stated that it values a company that was born in the USA, is owned in the USA and builds high-quality products here, says Suniva chief executive John Baumstark. 

“We are honored by that validation, and pleased that our success is allowing us to give back by the creation of additional US jobs,” he adds.

Suniva now manufacturers its Optimus monocrystalline module line with power ratings up to 280W (60-cell format) and an industry-leading 330W (72-cell format).

Plans call for hiring an initial 125 workers, then 112 in the second year and 113 in the third year, Greg Lamarr, spokesperson for Saginaw Future, a public-private non-profit economic development group that worked with Suniva on the project, tells Recharge.

He says the investment, which Suniva did not quantify, will add to Michigan’s growing role as a leader in renewable energy.

Suniva also has a production plant in Norcross, Georgia, near Atlanta.