Ontario — Canadian Solar recently announced its plans to establish a solar photovoltaic (PV) module production facility in Mesquite, Texas.
This move marks Canadian Solar’s first manufacturing facility in the United States and highlights the company’s commitment to expanding its global production capacity. The facility, which will be a state-of-the-art plant with an annual output of 5 GW, represents an investment of over $250 million and is expected to create approximately 1,500 skilled jobs once fully operational.
The decision to build this manufacturing plant in Mesquite is significant for several reasons.
First, it solidifies Texas’ position as a prominent energy hub and reinforces its status as the global leader in technological innovation. Governor Greg Abbott expressed his gratitude to Canadian Solar for selecting Texas as their next U.S. business investment and acknowledged the positive impact it will have on the community. Additionally, United States Senator Ted Cruz commended the project for generating 1,500 well-paying jobs and emphasized Texas’ commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy.
Mesquite Mayor Daniel Aleman, Jr. also expressed his appreciation for Canadian Solar’s investment in the city and anticipated a fruitful partnership. The presence of Canadian Solar in Mesquite is expected to bring significant benefits to the local community.
Dr. Shawn Qu, founder and CEO of Canadian Solar, emphasized the importance of this new facility and stated that it represents a crucial milestone for the company. The establishment of the manufacturing plant will enable Canadian Solar to better serve its U.S. customers with the most advanced technology available. Dr. Qu also highlighted the company’s long-term commitment to investing in the U.S. and its strategic vision for a sustainable and resilient clean energy supply chain.
In terms of technology, Canadian Solar is known for its leadership in the development and commercialization of the Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact (TOPCon) solar cell technology. This technology, which will be deployed in the modules produced at the Mesquite facility, boasts the highest efficiency in commercial solar PV technology.
Moreover, TOPCon cells are highly optimized in bifacial modules, allowing them to generate energy from both the front and rear sides of the solar cell. The deployment of the latest TOPCon technology in the U.S. is expected to contribute to reducing consumers’ electricity bills and further accelerate the decarbonization of the energy grid.
Canadian Solar’s investment in the Mesquite facility represents a significant milestone in the company’s expansion efforts. It is a testament to the company’s commitment to advancing the clean energy industry and supporting economic growth.
The establishment of this manufacturing plant in Texas will not only create jobs but also contribute to the state’s reputation as a global leader in energy production and innovation. With the deployment of cutting-edge technology, Canadian Solar is poised to make a positive impact on the solar industry in the United States and promote a sustainable and resilient clean energy future.