The investment is expected to provide growth capital for increased domestic production and sourcing, and to enable new generations of modules.
The company opened a new plant north of Seattle and is now shipping a 370 W Prime series module.
The array on the $1 billion Climate Pledge Arena may not generate much energy in cloudy and rainy Seattle, but the solar panels are bound to be clean.
Nine projects received grants from the Low-Income Solar Deployment Program, part of the state’s Clean Energy Fund.
The rules apply to Puget Sound Energy, Avista and Pacific Power. The state’s Commerce Department developed similar rules that apply to municipal and other consumer-owned utilities.
The Norwegian polysilicon maker has been been frozen out of the Chinese solar market by political tensions between Beijing and the U.S. and mothballed its Washington State production line last year. However, two recent business agreements could change all that.
The utility giant is making this procurement in accordance with its 2019 integrated resource plan, under which Pacificorp intends to add 11 GW of wind and solar by 2038, with an additional 2.8 GW of battery storage.
Silfab PV modules are found on NFL stadiums for the Panthers, Browns, Lions, and Steelers — as well as other prestige locations.
New York, New Jersey, Pennsyvania, and Washington are among the states hit the hardest. SEIA’s analysis shows that vast majority of renewable energy job losses come from the solar energy industry.
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