The cost of solar energy has fallen steadily over the years. As a result, there has been a push on the part of utilities to invest in this technology in order to produce cheap, clean energy. And while states like Texas have already benefited immensely from the oil and gas boom, there is no reason why they cannot benefit from additional energy sources.
According to a recent article on Manufacturing.net, Mission Solar Energy, LLC recently announced the grand opening of its new solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio, Texas. This 240,000 square foot facility will be the first one in the U.S. to produce N-type solar panels, a high-performing panel model that can generate electricity more efficiently than previous panels. Each 72-cell module can generate reportedly generate 320 watts per hour, and will be manufactured at a rate of about 50 panels per hour. Once productivity is underway, the plant intends to hire a total of 400 employees.
Though it may seek to be the most modern plant, the facility is not the first to set up shop in San Antonio. The news source noted that several companies have opened up solar manufacturing plants in San Antonio. It isn't just the excellent weather that attracts them, either. Texas has a highly favorable business climate for manufacturers, allowing them to grow without worrying about excessive regulation and other costs. In addition, Texas invests in CNC machining services, which are a major asset to manufacturing businesses.