Sunpower to ramp its NGT manufacturing progresses and named Jeff Waters as CEO of the technologies business unit

US solar technology and energy services provider Sunpower Corp. has named Jeff Waters as CEO of the Sunpower Technologies business unit. This group includes the company’s global manufacturing, research and development (R&D) and Sunpower Solutions. Waters begins his new role immediately and joins Sunpower from Isola, a material sciences company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets copper-clad laminates and dielectric preimpregnated fibres (prepregs) used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards. Sunpower also announced that Bill Mulligan, executive vice president of operations will transition out of his role over the course of 2019.
According to Tom Werner, Sunpower CEO and chairman of the board, the company will ramp its Next Generation Technology (NGT) cells and modules »and deliver on our commitment to American manufacturing.« The NGT cells and modules »will offer customers similar performance to its X-Series products with significantly lower manufacturing costs.« Panels with a 72-cell format at 450 W have been UL certified and will be delivered to initial commercial customer sites in the first quarter of 2019. »When we reach full production, we expect that the cost per watt of the NGT cells and modules will be similar to mono-PERC technology, but with superior levelized cost of energy due to higher performance and durability,« Werner said. With the recent funding of the second NGT manufacturing line, Sunpower will now have approximately 250 MW of nameplate NGT capacity by the end of 2019 and is planning »to deliver meaningful volumes this year.«

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