As Governor Osuna of Baja California toured CPV company Arima Operations in Taipei, Arima and Baja Sun Energy advised of their plan to form Mexico’s first integrated solar business. The new company will build a CPV solar system manufacturing plant and use the panels manufactured by the plant to install a utility-sized solar generation facility at the Silicon Border CleanTECH Park in Mexicali, Mexico.
The announcement on the formation of the new company comes just as Arima Solar and Baja Sun enter the final stages for Arima to become a stakeholder and supplier of CPV technology, gallium arsenide semiconductors and other materials to Baja Sun.
Arima Group Chairman Steven Lee said, “We are very optimistic about this new venture that will expand our product reach to the Americas while we cover Asia and the rest of the world. While we are confident that the experienced team of Baja Sun can do the job with our support, we find that the Government support for this project and Arima Eco ensures the success of this exciting project.”
Plans for the company include investments over US$500 million over the next four years and a factory that will be built out to an annual capacity of over 100MW. The companies noted that they had obtained a “top-tier” customer for a 10MW solar farm, with plans to begin construction on the new factory at the CleanTECH Park later this year.
Arima will supply the new site with a turnkey CPV manufacturing equipment line, which will be used for the production of cells, modules and dual axis tracking systems. Over 4,240 employees will work at the new factory, with plans for them to be trained at the Arima Eco factory in Taiwan.
“The time is right for a Mexican solar company,” said Governor Osuna. “Mexico has more sunshine per capita than most countries in the world, and it is only fitting that we start a Mexican company to capture the sun for our own use in the State of Baja California.”
While Arima Eco, Grupo Maiz and Silicon Border will own the new company, Baja Sun Energy advised that it would be looking to set up sales and marketing operations in San Diego, California to better service the North American market.