NorSun invests $620 million to build solar wafer manufacturing plant in Oklahoma 

NorSun invests $620 million to build solar wafer manufacturing plant in Oklahoma 

July 5, 2024
Construction is expected to begin in 2024, with production starting in 2026. 

NorSun has announced plans to establish its first U.S. facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Norwegian solar energy company will invest $620 million into the project, creating 320 new jobs in the process. According to NorSun, the manufacturing plant will produce 5 GW silicon ingot and solar wafers and help meet increasing demand from U.S. solar cell and panel manufacturers. Construction is expected to begin in 2024, with production starting in 2026. 

What people are saying

In a recent quote, NorSun CEO Erik Løkke-Øwre said, “Our business plan has an ambitious timeline, so we knew we needed a partner who can work fast and efficiently to meet the critical need for American-made energy. Oklahoma impressed us even before our selection journey – its robust clean energy, manufacturing ecosystem and workforce development programs were already on our radar, and its competitive business offerings and site acceleration options solidified our decision.” 

Governor Kevin Stitt added, “I’m proud to welcome NorSun to Oklahoma, and I’m thrilled that Oklahomans will benefit from hundreds of new jobs in the Tulsa area and a $620 million capital investment. Our pro-growth policies, workforce development efforts, and ‘more of everything’ energy approach makes us an incredible state to invest in, and I’m glad NorSun can be a part of it.” 

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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