5-GW Recom solar panel and Shoals eBOS plant in Tennessee.

By Oliver Townsend Jun 14, 2024
5-GW Recom solar panel plant to operate alongside Shoals eBOS manufacturing in Tennessee.jpegOrginal image from: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2024/06/5-gw-recom-solar-panel-plant-to-operate-alongside-shoals-ebos-manufacturing-in-tennessee/

Recom, a European solar panel brand, has recently announced its plans to establish a 5-GW solar cell and panel manufacturing facility in Portland, Tennessee. This facility will operate alongside the electrical balance of system manufacturer Shoals. The collaboration between Recom and Shoals aims to contribute to American renewable energy manufacturing by offering high-quality, American-made solar solutions under the new venture name: ReCreate.

Shoals and Recom Join Forces

Dean Solon, the founder of Shoals, has shifted his focus to a new company called Create Energy, which is dedicated to bolstering American renewable energy manufacturing. Together with Hamlet Tunyan, the CEO of Recom Technologies, they plan to manufacture silicon solar panels through their joint venture, ReCreate. The facility in Portland, Tennessee will be the hub for these operations, marking a significant step towards setting new industry standards in the solar module and cell markets.

Expansion and Innovation

Shoals recently relocated its manufacturing operations to a larger facility in Tennessee after years of producing wire harnesses and combiner boxes in a smaller space. The new 638,000-ft facility will not only boost Shoals’ manufacturing capabilities but also pave the way for solar panel manufacturing under the ReCreate venture. The project signifies a commitment to renewable energy and innovation, with a focus on supporting the local economy and driving industry advancements.

Recom’s Manufacturing Capabilities

Prior to this collaboration, Recom had established solar panel manufacturing capacity in Europe, with plants in France and Italy. While the company’s French subsidiary faced challenges and was placed in liquidation, Recom’s focus on European manufacturing has now shifted solely to Italy. The partnership with Shoals in Tennessee marks a new chapter for Recom, expanding its manufacturing footprint to serve both the U.S. and European markets.

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