Evergreen Solar

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Evergreen Solar
Company typePublic OTC Pink: ESLRQ
IndustryRenewable Energy
HeadquartersMarlborough, Massachusetts; United States
ProductsSolar Cells
RevenueIncrease US$112 Million (FY 2008)[1]
Decrease US$-75.0 Million (FY 2008)[1]
Decrease US$-84.9 Million (FY 2008)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$1.00 Billion (FY 2008) [2]
Total equityIncrease US$520 Million (FY 2008)[2]

Evergreen Solar, Inc. was "a fully integrated manufacturer of solar panels producing wafers, cells and panels."[3] On August 15, 2011, the company filed for Chapter 11 reorganization with the intent of selling its assets.[4][5][6]

Evergreen Solar was founded in 1994 and until bankruptcy traded on the NASDAQ exchange.[7] Evergreen produced proprietary "String Ribbon" solar cells for the photovoltaics industry. The company announced plans to close its main American factory and lay off the 800 workers there by March 2011. Evergreen is shifting production to China where it has a joint venture. The company received $21 million from Massachusetts, covering part of the cost of the Devens factory.[8]


Evergreen operated out of Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA and in 2007 announced plans to expand annual production from 17MW to 100MW.[9] In 2006 Evergreen, Q-Cells and Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) formed EverQ (later renamed Sovello), a joint venture to open a factory in Thalheim, Germany which was expected to produce 300 MW of photovoltaic modules by 2010. Sovello intended to make a public stock offering, but instead was acquired by Ventizz Capital Partners.[10]

Evergreen's factory in Devens, MA opened in mid-2008 and expected to be producing at a rate of 80 megawatts per year by early 2009. A second phase was scheduled to begin ramping in early 2009 to produce an additional 80 megawatts per year.[11] CEO Richard Feldt had said the company was eyeing expansion in Asia as well.[12]

CEO Michael El-Hillow (appointed September 2010) closed the factory at Devens, MA at the end of March, 2011, shifting production to China.[13]

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  1. ^ a b c Evergreen Solar (ESLR) annual SEC income statement filing via Wikinvest
  2. ^ a b Evergreen Solar (ESLR) annual SEC balance sheet filing via Wikinvest
  3. ^ "Unbiased Home Solar Panel Advice - National Council for Solar Growth". evergreensolar.com. Archived from the original on 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  4. ^ Greentechmedia. "Evergreen Files for Chapter 11 Plans to Sell Assets."
  5. ^ "Evergreen Solar Seeks Bankruptcy With Plans to Sell Itself". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  6. ^ "Technology | Boston Herald". www.bostonherald.com. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  7. ^ "Evergreen Solar Key Facts". Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  8. ^ Bradsher, Keith (15 January 2011). "Solar Panel Maker Moves Work to China". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  9. ^ Evergreen Breaks Ground for New Facility
  10. ^ "Ventizz.de".
  11. ^ "IR Services | Morningstar U.S". ccbn.10kwizard.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  12. ^ Evergreen Might expand to Asia
  13. ^ Bradsher, Keith (15 January 2011). "Solar Panel Maker Moves Work to China". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-07-20.

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