SolarWorld, Panasonic work out deal for 65-MW solar project in Oregon

SolarWorld announced Sept. 22 that it and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co., a division of Panasonic Corp. of North America, have signed an agreement for SolarWorld to supply 65 MW of its high-efficiency, 72-cell solar panels for a solar farm planned in remote southeast Oregon.

The contract, to be fulfilled in 2016, encompasses the largest single project supply in SolarWorld’s history. Panasonic Enterprise Solutions will construct, own and operate the facility in a Malheur County Rural Renewable Energy Development Zone.

“This agreement once again demonstrates the value that SolarWorld’s technology holds for owner-operators who depend on the enduring reliability and performance of its products,” said Ardes Johnson, U.S. vice president for sales and marketing. “As a major world producer with headquarters for the Americas located in Oregon, our success in securing this agreement shows that we are fulfilling Oregon’s faith in our company to compete on value amid fierce international competition while growing the Oregon economy.”

As a group of companies, SolarWorld noted that it has supplied a 50-MW contract at an undisclosed location in Central Asia. In the Americas, the company supplied a 33-MW project in southeast Ontario, Canada. Moreover, SolarWorld is actively delivering solar panels for multiple large projects across the United States.

Panasonic Corp. of North America, based in Newark, N.J., is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. out of Japan.

SolarWorld manufactures and sells high-tech solar power solutions. The group, headquartered in Bonn, Germany, employs about 3,500 people and carries out production in: Freiberg, Germany; Arnstadt, Germany; and Hillsboro, Oregon. SolarWorld was founded in 1998 and has been publically traded on the stock market since 1999.

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