SunPower starts production of advanced solar panels – The Columbian

PORTLAND — Solar manufacturer SunPower said Thursday that it has begun making its more advanced solar panels in its new Hillsboro factory, four months after it purchased the facility.

California-based SunPower paid $26 million for the old SolarWorld factory, according to financial filings, a fraction of the nearly $500 million SolarWorld spent to buy and equip the Hillsboro facility. The factory’s future was in doubt after SolarWorld’s German parent company declared itself insolvent in 2017.

SolarWorld blamed cheap Chinese solar panels for undercutting its prices.


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