By Atlanta Business Chronicle

Suniva Inc. has ramped up production at its metro Atlanta plant.

The Norcross, Ga.-based solar cell maker said it boosted its manufacturing capacity to 170 MW from 96 MW by adding a third cell line. The new solar cell manufacturing line is now in production and will help the company meet rising demand for its product. The company said its cell production is sold out through 2010.

⿿Demand for our high-efficiency, low-cost solar cells and modules continues to increase rapidly, which is a testament to the quality of Suniva⿿s products,⿝ said John Baumstark, chairman and CEO of Suniva, in a news release. ⿿We are pleased to have the ability to quickly expand our capacity, maintain a low-cost structure, hire additional employees and help the U.S. lead the new clean-energy economy.⿝

Suniva completed its first 32 MW manufacturing line in November 2008 and announced an additional 64 MW line that was completed in 2009.

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