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Swiss Solar Company Creates 350 Jobs in Colorado Springs with State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility

Updated October 16, 2023

 

Swiss Solar Company Creates 350 Jobs Colorado Springs Manufacturing FacilityColorado Springs, CO is set to welcome a substantial boost to its job market with the creation of 350 new manufacturing positions by the end of next year. The city officially announced on Monday that Meyer Burger, a renowned Swiss solar technology company, is establishing an advanced "high-performance" solar cell manufacturing facility right here in town.

Meyer Burger is poised to take over a former semiconductor fabrication plant, where they will produce solar cells destined for use in solar modules, panels, and arrays. Notably, these cells manufactured in Colorado Springs will directly supply a separate production facility located in Arizona.

Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer, President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation, expressed enthusiasm, stating,

"Meyer Burger’s technologies are found in most solar modules produced worldwide, and their decision to locate in Colorado Springs adds to our growing advanced manufacturing sector. The new Colorado Springs footprint will be Meyer Burger’s first site in the Western Hemisphere to manufacture the chips and wafers that power cutting-edge solar technology."

In a significant boon to local workers, the city's press release notes that employees will enjoy an annual wage averaging nearly $80,000, which is approximately $18,000 higher than El Paso County's average wage last year. Job openings will span various roles, including operators, engineers, and maintenance personnel.

Meyer Burger is well-known for its commitment to sourcing materials locally, with "more than 80% of the purchasing volume for the company’s German production plant" originating from local suppliers. A similar commitment is expected to be upheld in Colorado Springs.

Governor Jared Polis also voiced his support for the development, saying,

"Colorado's strong economy and business-friendly environment continue to attract companies to move and grow here,"

further emphasizing that this expansion will solidify the state's position as a leader in the cleantech industry.

As per the governor's office, Colorado currently ranks fifth in the nation for its concentration of cleantech employment, with the industry boasting a significant $4.6 billion economic impact annually. Over the past two years, employment in this sector has grown by an impressive 10%, providing direct employment opportunities for 62,000 individuals.

Meyer Burger CEO Gunter Erfurt highlighted the company's ongoing efforts to secure multi-gigawatt offtake agreements with new U.S. customers, adding,

"We are already exploring opportunities to add further solar cell and module production capacity in the country."

Acknowledging the substantial support from various levels of government, Meyer Burger has received a range of incentives, including an eligible sum of $1.4 billion as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, a $90 million package from both city and state authorities, and an anticipated $300 million loan from the Department of Energy.

Meyer Burger anticipates that "Made in USA" solar cells will begin rolling out from its Colorado Springs facility by the fourth quarter of 2024.

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