On December 1, Trina Solar, a global leader in smart solar products and energy solutions, hosted a celebration for its new 1.35 million square foot solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility with community members, partners, and local and state officials in Wilmer, Texas. The company is investing more than $200 million in property and equipment and the facility will provide 1,500 local jobs.
The event offered a unique opportunity to network, hear from the Trina team, and get a first look inside the new state-of-the-art facility. The event was attended by over 160 guests and featured keynote speakers, including State Rep. Carl Sherman, D-DeSoto; John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioner; Sheila Petta, Wilmer Mayor; Dr. Joseph Seabrooks, President of Dallas College; Steve Modory, Co-Managing Partner of Champion Partners; and Steven Zhu, President of Trina Solar US.
“We were thrilled to bring together this group of leaders and community members to celebrate our commitment to the City of Wilmer and the clean energy industry,” said Steven Zhu, President of Trina Solar. “This facility represents a significant investment in American manufacturing that will bolster the U.S. solar market in addition to positioning Texas as a leader in the transition to a sustainable future. We are grateful to the City of Wilmer and look forward to the many accomplishments our partnership will bring.”
Following this event, Trina attended the City of Wilmer’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony and participated in Wilmer’s Initiative to Spread Hope (WISH) holiday program aimed to support families during the Christmas season by adopting 20 Wilmer Stars, which impacts 20 children.
The facility is expected to be completed in 2024 and, once operational, will produce innovative large power output Vertex modules using the 210mm large size wafer utilizing and manufacturing techniques and technologies pulled from over 26 years of experience.
“The celebration exemplified the power of partnership and how much stronger this region is with collaboration of unity,” stated Sheila Petta, Wilmer Mayor. “And it was gratifying to hear and meet the Trina Solar officials. We are looking forward to continuing to grow our relationships and excited to have the first solar manufacturing facility in the U.S., located in the City of Wilmer.”
With just over 1.35 million square feet, Tradepoint 45 West is the largest speculative industrial development ever built in Dallas, much less the State of Texas, noted Steve Modory, Co-Managing Partner, Champion Partners.
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