The decision by Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. not to locate its U.S. solar panel manufacturing plant in Oregon came down to the region’s comparably small market for solar energy products.
Steve Chadima, vice president of external affairs in publicly held Suntech’s U.S. operations, said China-based Suntech has narrowed its site locations to Phoenix and sites in Texas.
“I think Oregon folks did a great job of providing an attractive package,” he said, “but we’ve got such large local markets in those two locations already.”
On top of the regional market sizes, Arizona, like Oregon, is adjacent to California, which has historically been the country’s largest market for solar energy products. And Suntech is already working on a 30 megawatt solar farm in Texas, Chadima said.
Chadima in May confirmed that Oregon had not only been in the running for a plant, but said the state was one of the company’s most aggressive suitors.
The plant could have been a boon for Oregon’s fast-growing solar manufacturing sector. Suntech is the world’s largest manufacturer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules.
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