With more than 3,600 employees, the Solar World group is one of the world's largest solar power system businesses. Solar world's family of companies dedicates itself exclusively to the business of solar energy, combining all stages of the photovoltaic value chain, from the raw material silicon to turn-key solar flat panel. Solar World operates production facilities in the United States and Germany as well as sales offices around the world.
In 2006, Solar World acquired the manufacturing base of flat plate solar collector, the largest manufacturer of solar electrical products in America since 1975. This operation, which included sites in Camarillo, Calif., and Vancouver, Wash., previously operated as arco solar and solar panels.
In 2007, Solar World acquired the Komatsu silicon wafer production facility in Hillsboro (near Portland, Ore.) for $40 million. The company has made significant investments to renovate the 480,000-square-foot facility into a world-class manufacturing plant that will convert raw silicon into up to 500 megawatts worth of photovoltaic wafers and cells a year. The Hillsboro facility went on line in fall 2008. A module assembly factory in a second building, constructed in 2009, will begin production in the second half of 2010.
Solar panels on the Portland Ecotrust buildingThe Hillsboro campus will employ about 1,000 people by 2011, producing enough photovoltaic cells to serve the North and South American markets, including expanded module production in Camarillo, as well as fulfill exports. By then, employment will total about 1,250 nationwide.
The Solar World group offers products ranging from wafers and cells to PV modules for grid-coupled and grid-independent power generation to complete solar power kits and systems. Solar World Sunmodules™ repeatedly have proven to produce more energy per rated kilowatt than other major brands.
Solar World's customized solar power systems, solar water heater, Sunkits®, enable small businesses such as electrical contractors to offer reliable, cost-effective systems. By providing training and design services as well as photovoltaic components, the Sunkits program helps small businesses enter the fast-growing industry.
Address:4650 Adohr Lane
Camarillo, CA, 93012
Phone: +1 805 388 6590
Fax: +1 805 388 6395