Global solar module manufacturer, JinkoSolar, has unveiled its new state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
Pilot production at the manufacturing facility began in November 2018 and has since been steadily ramping up. Once fully operational, the $50mn facility will employ more than 200 workers and manufacture 400MW of high powered 60-cell and 72-cell monocrystalline PERC modules annually.
"JinkoSolar continues to gain market share in many regions across the globe, including the United States, and this factory will be key to solidifying that strong market position," said Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar in a recent press release. "We are fortunate to call Jacksonville home with its excellent business environment and hospitable community, features which enabled us to find a talented workforce, complete the facility, and quickly begin producing world class PV modules."
JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in more than 80 countries. Building a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 9.2 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 6.5 GW for solar cells, and 10.0 GW for solar modules, the company has more than 12,000 employees across six production facilities globally
“Advanced manufacturing is critical to the continued growth of our local economy, and we thank JinkoSolar for choosing to invest in Jacksonville,” added Aundra Wallace, President of JAXUSA Partnership, an economic development agency in the city.
“We look forward to working with JinkoSolar to make sure they have the highly-skilled workforce they need to succeed and thrive here.”