BP Solar to move out of module production and sales

In the face of falling module prices, BP Solar’s U.S. module production facility had eased production last year. The closure of the Fredrick, Maryland office now confirms that the company will focus purely on photovoltaic project development.

BP Solar spokesman Pete Resler, in announcing the decision, has been quoted as saying, "we are going to exit our module only sales through our distribution network, looking at the market today […] we think we can have a much stronger business […] focusing on developing projects."

Resler continued that BP Solar has 120 megawatts (MW) of solar projects under construction worldwide. Late last month it announced that it had been selected, in partnership with Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and Pacific Hydro, to build Australia’s first utility-scale solar power plant.

The Federick facility will close by the first quarter of 2012. Some of the 80 remaining employees have been offered positions at BP Solar’s Houston office.