China-based JinkoSolar Holding has signed an agreement to supply solar modules to US company NextEra Energy.
Under the deal, JinkoSolar will provide up to 2.75GW of high-efficiency solar modules to NextEra Energy over a four-year period.
The Chinese manufacturer is also planning to open its first manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Florida, US, and expected to create more than 200 direct jobs in the state.
In addition, the facility is expected to support hundreds of other jobs in the state in shipping and related industries.
JinkoSolar CEO Kangping Chen said: “Investing in this solar panel manufacturing facility makes clear our commitment to Florida and the growing US market.
“This will be one of the world’s most advanced solar panel manufacturing facilities, which will provide us with the flexibility and manufacturing capacity to support our local partners and growing US customer base.”
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Upon completion, JinkoSolar’s new manufacturing facility is expected to produce nearly 400MW of modules a year, equivalent to more than one million solar panels.
Production at the new facility is expected to begin later this year.
NextEra Energy chairman and CEO Jim Robo said: “As NextEra Energy continues to invest heavily in new solar projects across the country, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to buy cost-effective, reliable solar panels made here in America.
“JinkoSolar shares our commitment to delivering affordable clean energy solutions, and we are pleased to welcome them to our home state of Florida.”
Additionally, the Chinese firm intends to use the Port of Jacksonville for carrying out large-scale importing and exporting activities.
Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity through its principal subsidiaries from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Wisconsin.