Cadmium telluride thin-film photovoltaics manufacturer Abound Solar has signed long-term sales agreements with two German systems integrators, Wirsol Solar and juwi solar. The TFPV company (formerly known as AVA Solar) is beginning production on its initial 70-MW line at its recently commissioned facility in Longmont, CO.
Markus Wirth, Wirsol’s managing director, said that Abound’s CdTe modules “will enable us to significantly accelerate our deployment of multimegawatt solar installations. In fact, our relationship with Abound Solar and the potential of the U.S. market has led us to open our North American office in Fort Collins, CO, so that we are in a position to work collaboratively to develop large projects around the world.”
Juwi’s managing director, Lars Falck, noted that his company had “carefully examined many emerging solar technologies,” and is “convinced that Abound Solar will be a leading photovoltaic manufacturer with modules that meet our strict requirements for cost-effective performance and reliability.”
Abound CEO Pascal Naranha said his company is proud to be partnering with the two global solar integrator firms and excited to deploy his firm’s low-cost thin-film CdTe modules in a wide variety of installations.
The financial terms and duration of the two contracts were not disclosed.
Juwi also uses CdTe TFPV modules from market leader First Solar, and the two companies recently said they had received financing for the massive 53-MW (DC) Lieberose solar farm near Cottbus in eastern Germany, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009.