Evergreen Solar, Inc. today announced that it shipped 8.5 MW of products from its Devens factory and an additional 3.7 MW from its Marlboro pilot manufacturing facility, during the fourth quarter of 2008, in line with its announced expectations in October.
Marlboro, Massachusetts, January 5, 2009 - Evergreen Solar, Inc. (NasdaqGM: ESLR), a manufacturer of String Ribbon' solar power products with its proprietary, low-cost silicon wafer technology, today announced that it shipped 8.5 MW of products from its Devens factory and an additional 3.7 MW from its Marlboro pilot manufacturing facility, during the fourth quarter of 2008, in line with its announced expectations in October.
The Company also announced that it received its certificate of occupancy for the second phase of the Devens facility on December 19, 2008 and expects to reach full capacity of about 40 MW per quarter from Devens in the second half of 2009 as planned.
"Despite an increasingly challenging environment, including pricing pressure and softening demand in December, we produced and shipped more than 12 MW of products in the fourth quarter of 2008, including 8.5 MW from our Devens facility," said Richard M. Feldt, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Because our Devens ramp remains on schedule, we ceased production at our Marlboro pilot manufacturing facility on December 31. Ongoing R&D activities will continue to be performed at our research and development facility in Marlboro and advanced manufacturing piloting activities will be performed at our Devens manufacturing facility with little or no impact to overall production capacity."
Almost all of the Marlboro pilot facility employees have transferred to Devens to fill open roles associated with the second phase of Devens. The Company expects to incur approximately $350,000 in severance costs through March 31, 2009 for the individuals not transferred to Devens. The Company will also incur non-cash charges of approximately $25 million, substantially all in the fourth quarter of 2008, associated with the write-off of manufacturing and development equipment and leasehold improvements of the Marlboro pilot facility. Over the next 12 months, the Company may also incur location restoration, disposition and moving costs of approximately $3 million to $5 million.
The Company believes that closing the Marlboro pilot facility and better utilizing existing equipment and facilities at its research and development center and at its Devens manufacturing facility will result in lower overhead costs and reduce overall cash requirements.
The Company will report its 2008 fourth quarter and annual results on February 5, 2009.