Trina Solar hosted a community event at its new PV manufacturing facility in Wilmer, Texas. (Photo: Business Wire)

The company was joined by community and industry leaders to celebrate the new PV manufacturing facility in Wilmer.

WILMER, Texas—Trina Solar, a manufacturer of smart solar and energy products, recently hosted a celebration of its new 1.35-million-square-foot solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility in Wilmer. Trina is investing more than $200 million in the facility, including property and equipment. The facility will provide 1,500 local jobs, the company said in a release.

The celebration was hosted with community members, partners, and local and state officials. The event offered a unique opportunity to network, hear from the Trina team, and get a first look inside the new state-of-the-art facility, the company said.

The event was attended by more than 160 guests and featured keynote speakers, including State Rep. Carl Sherman, D-DeSoto; John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioner; Sheila Petta, Wilmer Mayor; Joseph Seabrooks, Ph.D., president of Dallas College; Steve Modory, co-managing partner of Champion Partners; and Steven Zhu, president of Trina Solar US.

“We were thrilled to bring together this group of leaders and community members to celebrate our commitment to the City of Wilmer and the clean energy industry,” said Trina Solar President Steven Zhu, in a statement. “This facility represents a significant investment in American manufacturing that will bolster the U.S. solar market in addition to positioning Texas as a leader in the transition to a sustainable future. We are grateful to the City of Wilmer and look forward to the many accomplishments our partnership will bring.”

The facility is expected to be completed in 2024. Once operational, it will produce innovative large power output Vertex modules using the 210mm large size wafer. It will leverage manufacturing techniques and technologies that the company has acquired in its more than 26 years of experience, the company said.