Numbers and Data:

Cell production capacity:
500 megawatts

Module production capacity:
350 megawatts

About 700


SolarWorld manufactures a full line of Sunmodule® solar panels at its U.S. factory.

Sunmodule Pro Series:

The Pro Series is SolarWorld’s line of high-performance poly-crystalline modules. Available up to 255 watts and with a 25-year linear performance guarantee, Pro Series modules are among the highest powered poly products available in the U.S. market.


SolarWorld Industries America Inc.
25300 NW Evergreen Rd.
Hillsboro, OR, 97124
Phone: +1 503 844 3400

The SolarWorld site in Hillsboro, Ore., USA

SolarWorld’s site in Hillsboro, Oregon, is the largest photovoltaic technology manufacturing plant in the Western Hemisphere and SolarWorld’s headquarters in the Americas. The site, comprised of 750,000 square feet of building space on 103 acres, maintains 500 megawatts of cell-manufacturing capacity and 350 MW of module-assembly capacity.

SolarWorld purchased the site in 2007 from Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Komatsu. After refurbishing the plant for solar-technology manufacturing, Solar-World christened the new enterprise in a ceremony in October 2008. By 2010, the company had constructed a second main building, dedicating one half to highly automated module assembly and the other to logistics.

The site is SolarWorld’s commercial hub for the Americas, providing sales, marketing and distribution for the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Hillsboro is located about 20 miles west of Portland, in the heart of the Pacific Northwest and the Silicon Forest, where clean hydro-electric power and a trained high-tech workforce provide an excellent climate for growth.

Sunmodule Plus:

Available in silver or black, Sunmodule Plus is a traditional glass-film module that employs SolarWorld’s high-power-density, American-made monocrystalline cells. This product comes with a 25-year linear guarantee and is available up to 280 watts in a 60-cell format.

Link to data sheets Solar Panels

Sunmodule Protect:

The Sunmodule Protect series is the latest addition to the SolarWorld lineup. With Sunmodule Protect, two sheets of glass protect monocrystalline solar cells against environmental and mechanical damage. Available up to 280 watts in silver or black, this product features an industry-leading 0.35% annual performance degradation allowance and a 30-year linear guarantee.

Link to data sheets Solar Panels

Site history

1975 Solar pioneer Bill Yerkes founds Solar Technology International
1977 Solar Technology International acquired by Atlantic Richfield, CO., forming ARCO Solar
1990 Siemens acquires ARCO Solar, forming Siemens Solar
2002 Royal Dutch Shell acquires Siemens Solar, creating Shell Solar
2006 SolarWorld enters the U.S. market, acquiring Shell Solar
2008 SolarWorld opens Hillsboro plant in gala ceremony on Oct. 17
2009 SolarWorld builds 210,000-square-foot building in Hillsboro for logistics center and module production
2014 SolarWorld consolidates manufacturing and commercial activities for the Americas in Hillsboro