SunPower to move production from Philippines to Mexico
SunPower just announced that it would expand and centralize module assembly at its facility in Mexico, which would be capable of handling 2GW of output per year.
According to a press release his measure would allow the company to close its Philippines based assembly facility and transfer the equipment to its facilities in Mexico.
The company noted that it planned to utilize equipment from some of its older solar cell manufacturing lines at its Fab 2 facility, which would enable further debottlenecking to increase the supply of X-Series panels by around 100MW by the end of 2017.
Around 150MW of solar cell capacity will go offline while the tool upgrades and retrofitting take place in the second half of 2016.
The company reported solar cell production of 338MW, down from 356MW in the first quarter of 2016.