Industrial, Solar - May 24, 2023
Oklahoma Chosen as Site for Solar Manufacturing Facility
Enel North America, through its affiliate 3Sun USA, LLC, announced that Inola, Oklahoma was chosen as the location to construct its industrial-scale manufacturing facility for photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules.
The factory is expected to have an annual production capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW) and will have an initial investment of at least USD $ 1 billion.
Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2023, subject to final approvals, necessary permits and economic incentive agreements.
The first panels will be available to the market by the end of 2024. The project includes the potential for a second phase that would scale the factory to reach 6 GW of annual production.
"We are proud to help usher in a new era of American-made energy and do so with a state that is already a leader in the energy industry. Our selection of Oklahoma is a testament to the strength of the Tulsa Port of Inola site, the state's commitment to workforce development, and an attractive investment climate," said Giovanni Bertolino, head of 3Sun USA, in a statement. "With this announcement, we are taking a major step forward in developing a state-of-the-art PV factory, bringing hundreds of jobs and millions in long-term tax revenue, while moving Oklahoma to the forefront of renewables manufacturing."
Enel has invested 3 billion USD in Oklahoma, including 13 wind farms and a regional office in Oklahoma City.