Suniva is a US manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. Headquartered in metropolitan Atlanta, with manufacturing facilities in Georgia and Michigan, Suniva sells its PV products globally. Their distribution network for solar panels covers over 53 distributors and wholesalers, across over 7 different countries. Suniva spun out of Georgia Institute of Technologys University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics and the work of Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi in 2007. Dr. Rohatgi is the founder and director of the photovoltaic (PV) research program at Georgia Tech (since 1985) and the founding director of the U.S. Department of Energy-funded University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics (UCEP). Suniva built its first manufacturing plant in Norcross, GA in 2008, which had an initial production capacity of 32 MW and has since expanded to over 400 MW.[clarification needed] In July, 2014, Suniva announced its 200 MW module facility in Saginaw, Michigan.