Suntech Power Holdings Co., a solar panel maker, stated it has hired 30 further workers as it expands its manufacturing plant in Arizona to create about 15,000 solar panels per month with all the capacity to produce 50 megawatts a year.

The company, based in China, mentioned it can be hiring a third production shift to run the plant 24 hours every day. The further workers bring total employment in the plant in Goodyear, Ariz., to 107.

The new group of employees finished training Friday.

“With developing demand for our U.S.-manufactured panels, we’re excited to boost our production capacity and drive development in Arizona’s solar business,” Suntech’s Arizona Production Manager Mike Starr said in a statement.

The factory opened in October 2010 with 40 workers producing 30 megawatts and has grown steadily given that, taking on a second shift in January 2011. The 117,000-square-foot plant remains on-target to employ 150 workers by the finish of 2011.
One particular megawatt will be the very same a 1 million watts.

Suntech shares fell 25 cents, or 3 %, to $8.05 in afternoon trading.

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