EQS-News: Meyer Burger is building 400 megawatts of high-performance solar module production in Arizona, creating hundreds of jobs and planning to expand to 1.5 gigawatts of capacity
Meyer Burger Technology AG will build a production facility for high-performance solar modules in Goodyear, Arizona. The investment underscores its strategy of producing modules close to end customers, building regional supply chains and improving overall sustainability by reducing transport emissions and optimizing the company’s solar modules’ carbon footprint. The establishment of production in Arizona offers Meyer Burger customers in the growing North American market faster and direct access to solar modules and makes them less dependent on imports.
The choice of Arizona location follows the announcement of the company in September this year to set up its first manufacturing facility outside Europe in the United States. With this decision Meyer Burger also wants to make a contribution to the transformation of the energy supply in the USA. The decision in favor of Arizona was made due to the availability of well-trained specialists on site and the proximity to customers. This will enable the company to further minimize its CO2 emissions. The decision is also based on the cooperative partnerships with the city of Goodyear, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and the state of Arizona.
“Meyer Burger is very pleased to be able to sustainably establish our presence in the United States in Arizona,” said CEO Gunter Erfurt. “My sincere thanks go to our partners in Arizona for their support during this process. Solar energy will be critical to achieving climate goals in the US and worldwide. Our proprietary heterojunction cell technology and patented SmartWire module technology enable us to produce highly economically competitive products To produce quality and performance. “
The initial annual production capacity of the facility will be 400 MW and will enable the manufacture of solar modules for residential rooftop systems, commercial / industrial rooftop systems and solar parks. Production is to begin by the end of 2022 and will initially create 250 jobs, and then 500 with a full 1.5 GW capacity. Meyer Burger has entered into a tenancy agreement as the first tenant of a recently built new building at customary market conditions.
“We are delighted that Meyer Burger has selected Goodyear for its first US manufacturing facility,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “The company’s new solar module manufacturing facility will further strengthen Arizona’s excellent reputation as a leading state in the field of renewable energies. I would like to thank all partners involved and in particular would like to acknowledge the achievements of the late Mayoress of Goodyear, Georgia Lord, and her services to Goodyear will have a positive impact in the coming years. “
“I am delighted to welcome Meyer Burger to our community,” said Goodyear Mayor Joe Pizzillo. “The decision to make a major investment in our city shows that Goodyear is an excellent location for high-tech manufacturing companies. Our highly skilled workforce, modern infrastructure and competitive operating costs have created an environment in which businesses can thrive. This project will create hundreds of new jobs and I would like to thank Meyer Burger for their investment in our city. ”
“By locating jobs in this manufacturing sector and the company’s US headquarters in the greater Phoenix area, Meyer Burger will create invaluable employment opportunities and sustainable progress,” said Chris Camacho, President and CEO of GPEC. “This region is well on the way to becoming a global leader in this important sector and we are excited to welcome a sustainability innovator to the market.”
“We’re excited to welcome Meyer Burger to Goodyear and look forward to the company building its sustainable products here,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). “As the national leader in solar energy, we are grateful that Meyer Burger has decided to invest in Goodyear, creating hundreds of skilled jobs for its residents. We look forward to helping Meyer Burger become part of our thriving renewable industry Energies to become. “
Meyer Burger has started recruiting for strategically important functions in order to prepare the installation and commissioning of the systems. The company intends to hire more employees and train staff in 2022 to ramp up production quickly.