GAF Energy’s manufacturing is moving to a new facility in Silicon Valley as it seeks to develop a next-generation technology to integrate solar panels with roof shingles.

The company’s building-integrated solar products are currently produced in South Korea and the United States, but manufacturing will be shifted to the new San Jose, California, factory beginning later this year. The facility will employ about 400 people in manufacturing, engineering and R&D and will be capable of producing about 50 megawatts of solar panels a year.

“I know we’re outliers today in making this decision,” GAF Energy president, Martin DeBono said, citing the strong support from GAF Energy’s parent company, which has pledged to spend $1 billion on building technologies including solar.

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