One by one the top global players in solar PV are setting up more robust manufacturing supply chains in the United States. This week it is Canadian Solar’s turn.
Canadian Solar already announced a 5 GW module assembly plant in Mesquite, Texas. That facility will eventually source its solar cells from a just-announced 5 GW solar PV cell production facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana — output equivalent to approximately 20,000 high-power modules per day.
The Inflation Reduction Act gets a shoutout for making this investment possible:
“Establishing this factory is a key milestone that will enable us to better serve our U.S. customers with the most advanced technology in the industry,” stated Thomas Koerner, Senior Vice President of Canadian Solar. “This is the second of the anticipated long-term investments we expect to make in the U.S. as we think strategically about a local, sustainable and clean energy supply chain and to fulfill the long-term requirements of the local-content rules of the recently established IRA.”
The Jeffersonville facility is a projected investment of more than $800 million, and Canadian Solar says it will employ 1,200 people once production is fully ramped up. Production at the Jeffersonville facility is expected to begin by the end of 2025.
“Not only are they making a large financial investment into our community, but they will also become one of the largest single-site employers in the Greater Louisville region,” said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. “When in full production, their total employment base will include over 150 engineers at this facility.”
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