A Swiss solar panel maker has announced it will set up a production site, creating 500 new jobs in Arizona.

Meyer Burger Technology has announced it has chosen a site in Goodyear, which will open by the end of the year.

The company says the move is an “important step” in meeting its “commitments to produce modules near end-customers, source material from regional suppliers, and improve overall sustainability by reducing transportation emissions and optimizing the carbon footprint of the company’s solar modules.”

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CEO Gunter Erfurt said: “Meyer Burger is thrilled to be establishing roots in Arizona and expanding our footprint to the United States,’ “My sincere thanks to our partners in Arizona for their support throughout this process.

“Solar energy will be critical to achieving U.S. and global clean energy goals, and our proprietary heterojunction cell technology and patented SmartWire module technology enable us to produce products of the highest quality and performance in order to offer our customers economically competitive solar components.”

It is expected the annual production capacity of the site will be 400 MW and will include facilities to build solar modules for homes, commercial/industrial rooftop, and utility-scale applications.

The company hopes it will be operational by the end of this year.

It will see an initial 250 jobs created and more than 500 in total once it is fully operational.

It will take over leaseholder for a new building on the site.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said: “We are thrilled Meyer Burger has chosen Goodyear for their first manufacturing facility in the U.S.

“The company’s new solar module manufacturing facility will further enhance Arizona’s standout reputation as a renewable energy leader. In thanking all the partners involved, I want to specifically recognize the crucial partnership of the late Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, whose record of service will continue to have a positive impact on Goodyear for years to come.”

The company has already begun to hire staff to support the installation of the equipment and the initial startup of the facility and intends to continue to do so throughout the year to train new staff and start production quickly.

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