Trina Solar has decided to build a manufacturing facility in Wilmer, North Texas, Dallas Metro News reported. This facility will cover over one million square feet, focusing on producing high-capacity photovoltaic (PV) modules. These modules, named Vertex, are known for their high power output. The Vertex modules will feature large-format, 210-millimeter wafers. Trina Solar plans to source its polysilicon raw materials mainly from suppliers in the United States and Europe.
The PV modules produced will be used in various sectors. A significant application will be for the upcoming Wells Fargo regional campus in Irving, emphasizing the role of renewable technologies in major infrastructure projects.
The facility will begin production in 2024. This venture will boost the local economy, with an investment exceeding $200 million for property and equipment. It is expected to create over 1,500 jobs.
Wilmer Mayor Shelia Petta commented, “This manufacturing facility will be a shining example of how the Wilmer community will continue to thrive with the long-term commitment that Trina is investing within our community.” She also mentioned the positive impact on manufacturing and employment in Southern Dallas County.
Trina Solar confirmed that this will be its first module factory in the Western Hemisphere. Steven Zhu, the company’s president for the North American region, stated, “This factory sets the stage for Trina to continuously expand business in the U.S. and show our customers that we are committed to providing best-in-class products. Trina will announce additional investments in American communities soon. We are grateful to the State of Texas, Dallas County, and the City of Wilmer, Texas for working with us on this exciting project.”
Trina Solar, founded in 1997, has been operating in the U.S. since 2006. The company offers a range of PV modules and intelligent energy solutions.
In related news, Canadian Solar revealed plans in June to build a PV module production facility in Mesquite. This project, with an estimated cost of $250 million, is also expected to create about 1,500 new jobs.