Suniva begins Michigan plant build

Suniva has begun construction of a 200MW capacity solar module assembly facility near the City of Saginaw, Michigan, where it expects to create 350 jobs within three years.

The plant, the company's second in the US, will be located within an existing building under lease.  

Suniva says it has selected multiple Michigan-based contractors to complete the 129,000sq foot (11,984sq meter) “state-of-the-art” facility.

The company did not say how much it is investing in the plant or when it will enter commercial operation. Suniva has a manufacturing plant at its headquarters outside Atlanta, Georgia.

“The US is now one of the top three markets for the global solar industry. Given that, expanding our US manufacturing operation makes a lot of sense and we believe Michigan is the ideal location,” says Marc Rogovin, vice president of corporate services of Suniva.

Plans call for hiring an initial 125 workers, then 112 in the second year and 113 in the third year. Suniva says it is in the final round of hiring the first 65 plant staff this week.

Suniva promotes itself as America’s leading solar module manufacturer, employing a higher percentage of American workers than any other tier-1 solar manufacturer.