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Chinese solar cell maker Jetion chooses Charlotte for U.S. base

A Chinese solar cell and modules maker has picked Charlotte as the base of its U.S. operation.

Jetion Solar Corp., a subsidiary of Jetion Solar China Limited, today announced that it is leasing a 20,000-square-foot facility at the Prologis Business Park, 10900 South Commerce Drive, in the Westinghouse Boulevard area.

In a press release, Jetion said it picked Charlotte because it “is one of the most progressive regions in the U.S. in terms of sustainability awareness, tax incentives for renewable energy, accessibility for all modes of transportation and a business-friendly environment, not to mention the added bonus of a moderate climate.”

The Charlotte facility will be the base for the company’s North American sales and service office.

A press release from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce said the facility will assemble solar modules starting in July. Over the remainder of this year, Jetion expects to set up three assembly shifts and hire up to 36 workers, the chamber said, adding that panels assembled in Charlotte will be distributed to other regions of the Americas.

Ian Bertolina, of Bertolina Commercial Real Estate Services, represented Jetion in lease negotiations. Pete Pittroff and Brad Cherry, of Jones Lang LaSalle, represented the building’s owner, EastGroup Properties.

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