Silfab to Build 1.2 GW Solar Module Manufacturing Facility in York County

The facility will manufacture 1 GW of solar cells a year

September 21, 2023


Silfab Solar, a North American-based solar panel manufacturer, is expanding its presence in the United States by setting up operations in York County, Pennsylvania. With a $150 million investment, the company is setting up a facility to produce 1 GW of cells and 1.2 GW of modules annually.

The company has secured a 785,000-square-foot lease in Fort Mill, South Carolina, to serve as the foundation for its upcoming operations, which is expected in the third quarter of 2024.

The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development endorsed job development credits for the project and granted York County a $2 million Set-Aside grant to aid building improvements.

Silfab has a total manufacturing capacity of 1.6 GW distributed across its two U.S. facilities in Bellingham and Burlington, Washington, and one in Toronto, Canada.

In March 2023, Silfab Solar secured $125 million in funding, led by ARC Financial Corp, to construct a third U.S. facility. Early this month, Silfab Solar signed an agreement with NorSun, a Norwegian ingot and wafer manufacturing company, to supply silicon wafers. module production by 1.3 GW by mid-2024.

Several solar cell and module manufacturers have announced new solar manufacturing projects and expansion of capacities in the U.S. following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act last year.

Recently, China-headquartered module manufacturer Trina Solar announced plans to invest over $200 million to build a solar module manufacturing facility in Wilmer, Texas. The facility will manufacture 5 GW of solar modules and secure its supply of polysilicon from both the U.S. and Europe.

Earlier, Bila Solar, a solar manufacturer based in the U.S.,  unveiled plans to establish a module manufacturing facility to produce 1 GW of advanced glassless, frameless solar modules in Indianapolis annually.