Canadian Solar to start 5-GW solar panel factory in Texas before end of 2023


Canadian Solar, a global solar module player primarily manufactured in China, announced today that it will start a 5GW solar assembly facility in Mesquite, Texas, just east of Dallas. This US plant will join Canadian Solar’s manufacturing portfolio in Canada, China, Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam.

Chinese solar power plant LONGi also has plans for a 5GW solar plant in Ohio. The Canadian Solar and LONGi plants will be the largest crystalline silicon solar panel plants in the US.

Canadian Solar will invest $250 million in the Texas plant, creating approximately 1,500 jobs. Production is expected to begin later this year.

“The establishment of this plant is an important milestone that will enable us to better serve our US customers with the most advanced technology in the industry,” said Canadian Solar Founder and CEO Dr. Sean Ku. “We hope this is the first of many long-term investments we expect to make in the U.S. as we think strategically about a sustainable and resilient clean energy supply chain.”

Canadian Solar is the leader in TOPCon solar technology, and the company expects advanced modules using TOPCon technology to account for 30% of its total module shipments in 2023. The Texas plant will manufacture TOPCon modules, likely for the commercial and utility markets.

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