SolarWorld, the largest U.S. crystalline silicon solar manufacturer with well over 1 gigawatts of annual production capacity, announced that the company and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co., a division of Panasonic Corp. of North America, have signed an agreement for SolarWorld to supply 65 megawatts of the company’s high-efficiency, 72-cell solar panels for a solar farm planned in remote southeast Oregon. The contract, to be fulfilled in 2016, encompasses the largest single project supply in the company’s history.
Terms of the agreement were reached at Solar Power International, the largest annual solar-industry trade show in the Americas, last week at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center. Panasonic Enterprise Solutions will construct, own and operate the facility in a Malheur County Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone.
“This agreement once again demonstrates the value that SolarWorld’s technology holds for owner-operators who depend on the enduring reliability and performance of its products,” said Ardes Johnson, U.S. vice president for sales and marketing. “As a major world producer with headquarters for the Americas located in Oregon, our success in securing this agreement shows that we are fulfilling Oregon’s faith in our company to compete on value amid fierce international competition while growing the Oregon economy.”
The agreement comes in the 40th anniversary of the company’s U.S. industrial lineage. As a group of companies, SolarWorld has supplied a 50-megawatt contract at an undisclosed location in Central Asia. In the Americas, the company supplied a 33-megawatt project in southeast Ontario, Canada. Moreover, SolarWorld is actively delivering solar panels for multiple large projects across the United States.
Panasonic Corp. of North America, based in Newark, N.J., is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corp., based in Osaka, Japan.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.