According to the company, its manufacturing facility is expected to create over 100 permanent jobs by 2009 year-end and more as it moves towards full production capacity in 2010.

In October 2008, nearly six months after announcing plans to build a manufacturing facility, Suniva completed installation of its first production line in this new facility and began shipping its proprietary ARTisun solar cells. The company claims that its solar cells are delivered to solar module manufacturers around the world under existing contracts worth over $1 billion.

John Baumstark, CEO of Suniva, said: “As the US economy retools to become a leader in the new energy economy, Suniva stands at the forefront, supplying homegrown product to the international solar industry. We are driving down the cost of solar and keeping clean energy technology and jobs in the US.

Suniva develops, manufactures and markets its ARTisun series silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells for earth-friendly power generation. The company claims that, it is developing products focused on the intersection of high efficiency and low cost, because it is the mass market for solar PV.