Baja Sun Energy Announces Mexico’s First Integrated Solar Company
Construction to Begin Later This Year at Silicon Border CleanTECH Park
During a visit by Governor Osuna of Baja California to the Arima Operations in Taipei, Baja Sun Energy SRL announced the formation of the first integrated solar business located in Mexico. The company will construct a concentrated solar system manufacturing plant and use the panels produced by the plant for a utility-sized solar generation facility, all to be located in the Silicon Border CleanTECH Park in Mexicali, Mexico. The announcement takes place as Baja Sun and Arima Solar complete agreements making Arima a stakeholder and supplier of Concentrated PV Solar technology, Gallium Arsenide Semiconductors and other materials to Baja Sun. The governor met with Arima’s Chairman, Stephen Lee, and Baja Sun Energy and Silicon Border Executives.
“Silicon Border CleanTECH Park is the perfect location for renewable energy companies. We are at the center of a huge market for solar, wind and other kinds of renewables, including the energy warehousing project we recently announced"
Initial plans include investments of more than $500 million over the next four years. The factory will be built out to over 100 MW annually with over 4,240 direct employees. The company has secured a top-tier customer for a 10-megawatt (MW) solar farm and will break ground on a new factory at Silicon Border CleanTECH Park later this year. The factory will be outfitted by Arima with a turnkey Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar manufacturing equipment line to manufacture cells, modules and dual axis tracking systems. The Mexican employees will be trained in the Arima Eco factory in Taiwan. The total supply chain will ultimately create more than 8,000 jobs for the Baja California/San Diego Mega Region.
As an integrated Concentrated Photovoltaic Enterprise, Baja Sun Energy will also be able to provide the lowest-cost solar energy solution for North America. With manufacturing plants on the Border of Baja California, Baja Sun will also establish sales and marketing operations in San Diego, California. Arima Eco, Grupo Maiz (Monterrey Mexico) and Silicon Border will own the new Company.
“Silicon Border CleanTECH Park is the perfect location for renewable energy companies. We are at the center of a huge market for solar, wind and other kinds of renewables, including the energy warehousing project we recently announced," said DJ Hill, CEO of Silicon Border. “From our park you can reach most of the western United States in less than a day by truck. Talent and tax incentives make this location very competitive to China. Furthermore, products made here can be used for stimulus projects such as ‘Buy American’ because of the NAFTA treaty. We also have green infrastructure including water, waste treatment and LED lighting, more eco-friendly than anywhere else in North America."