U.S.-based photovoltaic module manufacturer SunPower has signed a joint venture partnership in China to produce both solar cells and modules for its P-Series technology. The agreement implies increasing operations at a facility in Mexicali, Mexico, according to specialized news site PV-Tech.
The joint venture was signed between its existing China-based supply chain partners Dongfang Electric Company (DEC) and Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor (TZS).
The company recently developed the P-Series cells and modules, a product based on patented technology from Cogenra, a solar start-up SunPower acquired in 2015.
Now SunPower would ramp production using third-party solar cells and components from its Chinese partners. The assembly of the cells would be conducted at SunPower’s module assembly plant in Mexicali, Mexico, says PV-Tech report.
To that end, SunPower installed P-Series assembly equipment with a nameplate capacity of 200MW at its Mexicali facility and expects to duplicate it by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
The new manufacturing JV for the P-Series modules would start ramping production in 2018. No investment amount was revealed.