SunPower starts assembling solar panel in US factory

SunPower manufacturing US

SunPower has started assembling its Performance Series solar panel for customers in the US factory.

SunPower acquired the SolarWorld Americas facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, in October 2018. It has a workforce of about 200 to assemble the Performance Series solar panel.

Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower, said: “We look forward to meeting our US market demand with these high-performance American-assembled panels.”

SunPower will begin shipping P19 solar panels from Oregon in the coming weeks meeting customer orders. Several Fortune 500 companies, an auto dealer in Texas, and a church in Missouri are some of the customers.

SunPower is currently the No. 1 commercial solar provider in the US with the most megawatts installed according to Wood Mackenzie.

SunPower’s P19 solar panel architecture leverages a cell interconnect technology developed by a US-based company called Cogenra Solar and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative. SunPower acquired Cogenra in 2015 and introduced P-Series solar panels that same year.

P-Series panels are currently the most deployed shingled cell solar panels in the world. DNV GL, a certification body, has named the P-Series solar panel a top performer in all five DNV GL tests that measured reliability through thermal cycling, damp heat, humidity-freeze, dynamic mechanical load and potential induced degradation.