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Hounen Solar Establishes Orangeburg, South Carolina, Operations

Hounen Solar, a global solar panel manufacturer, will establish its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. The $33 million project is expected to create 200 jobs.

The company wll lease a 200,720-square-foot facility at 145 Millennium Drive which will manufacture and sell one gigawatt (GW) crystalline silicon PV panels.

“We are excited to announce our first manufacturing operations in the United States. Our new solar panel assembly plant will allow us to produce one GW crystalline silicon PV panels for markets in the U.S. We are grateful for the help and support of the South Carolina team and look forward to providing more economic opportunities in the state,” Hounen Solar CEO Jufang Lv said.

As an incentive the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $500,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) grant to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of building improvements.

“This investment by Hounen will further strengthen South Carolina’s growing reputation in the clean energy sector, and we are excited for the environmental and economic opportunities that they will bring to the state. We welcome them to Orangeburg County and look forward to seeing them excel,” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

Headquartered in Chino, California, Hounen manufactures solar photovoltaic panels worldwide, serving the clean energy market. In addition to solar panels, the company creates other electrical products.

“As interest in alternative energy resources by businesses, communities and individuals grows, so too does the need for the means to access those resources. Investments like today’s from Hounen Solar create more than just a product for increasing solar demands, it also creates well-paying and stable job opportunities for workers. We welcome Hounen Solar to Orangeburg County, and congratulate the company and our county partners on a bright future,” Central SC Alliance Chairman Matthew Shaffer added.

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