PV cell and module producer, SunPower Corporation has announced its plans to invest $25m in a new R&D and pilot line facility located in San Jose, California.
SunPower said the new facility will include several high-volume production-sized manufacturing tools and automation, and specialised testing equipment, designed to support its next-generation of high-efficiency N-type monocrystalline IBC (Interdigitated Back Contact) solar cells and modules.
"We continue to make the world's best solar panels with technology developed and tested right here in Silicon Valley," said Tom Werner, SunPower president and CEO. "These efforts result in domestic job creation, capital investments from our equipment manufacturers and dealers, and more affordable solar energy options for homes and businesses across the U.S. and around the world."
SunPower’s main IBC cell production plants are located in the Philippines (350MW) and in Malaysia (800MW), while module production is carried out in Mexico and France with a combined total rated annual capacity close to 1.9GW.
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