Maxeon Solar Technologies has celebrated the official inauguration of its expanded solar panel manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
Maxeon invested $70 million in the Mexicali facility where it manufactures its performance shingled line of solar panels for the utility-scale market. The Mexicali facility now has an annual production capacity of 1.8 GW. Maxeon also has a second manufacturing facility in Ensenada, Baja California with an annual capacity of 700 MW.
"Because of its talented workforce, privileged geographic location and favorable business environment, Baja California is playing and will play an increasingly relevant role in meeting the growing demand for our products in North America and the rest of the world in the years to come," said Bill Mulligan , CEO of Maxeon.
Maxeon has expanded its Mexican manufacturing capacity to ensure a non-Chinese, duty-free supply of solar panels can reach the US market. Maxeon uses PERC cells manufactured in its Malaysian factories and assembles them into solar panels in Mexico. The US Department of Commerce clarified that AD/CVD tariffs would not apply to solar panels made from Southeast Asian cells but assembled in a third country before entering the United States.
Maxeon still has plans to establish a major solar cell and panel manufacturing base in the United States, but nothing has been officially announced as of yet.