The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a 71 MW c-Si solar panel manufacturing facility in the San Juan province of Argentina recently too place there.
The ceremony saw the first foundation stone of the manufacturing facility symbolically laid down — thereby seeking the stage for the facility’s development, and the further expansion of the country’s solar power capacity.
Once completed, the facility will be operated by the utility company Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado (EPSE). Completion is currently expected sometime next year, with the first solar panels coming off the lines sometime in late 2015.
The ceremony was attended by a number of local government officials, including San Juan Governor’s Minister for Planning and Public Investment, Julio De Vido. During De Vido’s speech he noted that the project and its developers have the full support of the national Argentinean government.
The Vice President of one of those developers — the Schmid Group — Andreas Kielwein, spoke as well, thanking the provincial government for “being allowed to be part of this future-oriented project that has such a great importance for Argentina.” The manufacturing facility will reportedly be “supported” by a research partnership between the Schmid Group, EPSE, and Universidad Nacional de San Juan.
The new manufacturing facility will utilize some of Schmid’s newest production technologies — including the TinPad system, allowing for the replacement of back-contact silver with relatively cheap tin. The group’s newest wafer-cleaning technology will also be utilized at the new facility.
Image Credit: Schmid Group
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