GOODYEAR, AZ—Swiss company Meyer Burger Technology AG is building a new assembly plant here to make high-performance solar modules. The project is expected to create 250 jobs, and more than 500 jobs at full capacity.

Expected to begin operation by the end of 2022, the plant will be the company’s first outside of Europe.

“Meyer Burger is thrilled to be establishing roots in Arizona and expanding our footprint to the United States,” says Gunter Erfurt, CEO of Meyer Burger. “Solar energy will be critical to achieving U.S. and global clean energy goals, and our proprietary heterojunction cell technology and patented SmartWire module technology enable us to produce modules of the highest quality.”

Initial annual production capacity of the facility will be 400 megawatts and will include capabilities to manufacture solar modules for residential, commercial and utility-scale applications.

Meyer Burger was founded in 1953 in Switzerland. As a provider of production systems, the company has shaped the development of the global photovoltaic industry along the entire value chain. The company currently employs around 800 people worldwide.