SunPower and Jabil Circuit sign multi-year panel manufacturing deal

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In a multi-year collaboration agreement, SunPower Corp. has committed to working with Jabil Circuit, Inc. on the manufacture of solar panels. Jabil will begin manufacturing solar panels in Mexico for North America’s solar market in the second half of 2009.

Jabil’s part in the collaboration will cement the company’s participation in the Solar America Initiative (SAI), a U.S. Department of Energy effort designed to boost the development of advanced solar energy technologies.

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The move also builds on SunPower’s strategy to introduce regional panel assembly for improved customer service and reduced costs, while also searching out localized manufacturing facilities in large solar markets in the U.S.

“This agreement provides SunPower with the flexibility to site manufacturing near the largest and fastest growing solar markets in North America, improving the efficiency of our supply chain,” said Marty Neese, SunPower’s COO. “Jabil’s extensive experience in manufacturing and high-quality standards makes them an ideal partner for producing SunPower’s solar panels, the most powerful solar technology on the planet.”

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