Canadian Solar revealed today that it is establishing a 5-GW solar cell production facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The facility will supply Canadian Solar’s module assembly plant in Mesquite, Texas, which is slated to come online by the end of this year. The Indiana cell factory should begin production by the end of 2025.
“Establishing this factory is a key milestone that will enable us to better serve our U.S. customers with the most advanced technology in the industry,” said Thomas Koerner, Senior Vice President of Canadian Solar. “This is the second of the anticipated long-term investments we expect to make in the U.S. as we think strategically about a local, sustainable and clean energy supply chain and to fulfill the long-term requirements of the local-content rules of the recently established IRA.”
Canadian Solar will invest more than $800 million into the cell factory in the River Ridge Commerce Center and create approximately 1,200 skilled jobs.
Canadian Solar has a large operation in China but also makes panels in Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam. The company already announced that the Texas module factory will make TOPCon modules for the large-scale markets, so it can be assumed that the Indiana facility will be making TOPCon silicon cells.