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South Carolina Ports welcomes First Solar to Greenville

THE South Carolina Ports Authority has announced that First Solar, America's largest solar manufacturer, has selected Greenville, SC, as its new distribution hub on the east coast, reports the American Journal of Transportation

South Carolina Ports welcomes First Solar to Greenville
04 June 2020 - 19:06 - Update: 05 June 2020 - 11:12

THE South Carolina Ports Authority has announced that First Solar, America's largest solar manufacturer, has selected Greenville, SC, as its new distribution hub on the east coast, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

Inland Port Greer extends the Port of Charleston's reach upstate via rail. First Solar will move cargo through Inland Port Greer to its new 450,000-square foot distribution hub in Greenville.


Headquartered in Arizona, First Solar operates the Western Hemisphere's largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing footprint in Northwest Ohio, as well as factories in Malaysia and Vietnam.


'Our investment in this distribution hub will help enable our commitments to deliver modules where they're needed when they're needed, thanks to the connectivity that SC Ports is able to offer,' said First Solar's logistics chief Bart Verbeke.


First Solar will benefit from both the Port of Charleston's access to international markets, such as Vietnam, and its overnight rail connection from the Port of Charleston to Inland Port Greer, SC Ports' inland operation in upstate South Carolina.


First Solar anticipates bringing up to 7,000 containers per year through the Port of Charleston, beginning in late May. Upon arrival at Inland Port Greer, cargo will be transported to First Solar's nearby distribution hub in Greenville.


Said SC Ports Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome: 'SC Ports offers access to global markets, efficiently run terminals and rail-supported inland ports to meet our customers' needs. We look forward to supporting First Solar's efforts to deliver American-designed solar modules to their customers in the United States.'


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