Maxeon Solar Technologies held an official ribbon cutting for its expanded solar panel manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
Maxeon has invested $70 million in the Mexicali plant where it manufactures its Performance line of shingle solar panels for the utility market. The Mexicali plant now has an annual production capacity of 1.8 GW. Maxeon also has a second facility in Ensenada, New California, with a capacity of 700 MW per year.
“Thanks to its talented workforce, its privileged geographic location and favorable business environment, Baja California today plays and will continue to play an increasingly important role in meeting the growing demand for our products in North America and the rest of the world. years to come,” said Maxeon CEO Bill Mulligan.
Maxeon has expanded its Mexican manufacturing capacity to ensure that tariff-free supplies of non-Chinese solar panels can enter the US market. Maxeon uses PERC cells produced in its Malaysian factories and assembles them into solar panels in Mexico. The US Department of Commerce has clarified that the AD/CVD tariffs will not apply to solar panels using cells from Southeast Asia that are assembled in a third country before entering the United States.
Maxeon still has plans to set up a sizable solar cell and panel manufacturing hub in the US, but nothing has been officially announced yet.