Suntech Power Holdings has celebrated realising its stated goal in 2008 of reaching its production target of 1GW in both solar cell and module capacity, claiming to be the first to achieve both milestones. Suntech also announced the opening of a new Headquarters in Wuxi, China, its centre for manufacturing, which employs what it claims is the largest building integrated solar façade, producing a grid-connected 1MW.
“We are very proud to become the world’s first PV solar company to achieve 1GW of solar cell and module production capacity,” said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s Chairman and CEO. “Since our inception, we have focused on rapidly building world-class manufacturing facilities that can meet the burgeoning global demand for green energy. This milestone is a credit to all Suntech employees that have tirelessly worked towards the common goal of making cost- effective solar energy systems available on a global scale.”
Late last year, Suntech revised its capacity expansion plans in response to slowing demand, which will see the company hold capacity at 1GW through 2009. Previous plans were to expand capacity to 1.4GW in 2009.
The new HQ is said to employ 2,552 semi-transparent ‘Light Thru’ Suntech solar panels installed by Suntech’s in-house system integration team.