Among the first announcements following the relatively measured tariffs that U.S. President Trump is imposing on U.S. solar is good news: a U.S. module maker planning to hire 50 workers.
Mission Solar Energy has announced that it is currently hiring workers to take its module manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas to a 24/7 schedule, which will allow it to produce up to the facility’s full capacity of 200 MW of modules annually. In addition to production line employees, the company is also hiring sales and supply chain management positions.
Mission made no mention of the Section 201 trade case in its announcement, however whatever the potential impact of the forthcoming tariffs on its business – which requires imported cells – a decision by President Trump puts to rest many months of uncertainty.
Instead, the company cites the success of its module products, namely new product lines targeting commercial and residential projects launched in the first quarter of 2017. This includes a deal to supply 24-48 MW of its 60-cell PERC modules annually to PetersenDean Roofing & Solar.
Mission states that this is the first phase in its plan for a production increase, but has not provided further details except to note that it is not planning on producing its own cells at this time. Mission announced that it was shutting down 200 MW of cell capacity at the San Antonio factory in October 2016.