Avancis PowerMax copper indium selenide (CIS) thin-film PV modules have been certified for higher reimbursement entitlements in Italy. Because the panels are made in Germany, Italian system operators who purchase the products can be eligible for a 10% higher feed-in rate that will apply for 20 years.
TÜV Rheinland confirmed that the Avancis CIS modules meet the “Made in EU” criteria in the Italian regulation for a higher feed-in rate. In order to qualify, at least 60% of the components used in the system must originate from an EU country.
The company has produced its thin-film panels in Torgau, Saxony, and almost all of the components used come from the EU. A second factory with a 100MWp annual capacity will begin operations at the site in Q1 2012.
“The origin of our CIS solar modules can be identified clearly and unequivocally by anyone: all our modules have a data matrix code which is applied to the substrate glass by laser scribing,” explained Tom Clarius, director of quality at Avancis. “This combination of letters and numbers provides information about the production location, the production line, and the date on which the module was produced. We are pleased to provide customers of our wholesale dealers operating in Italy with another reason to decide in favour of our quality products and profit from the higher subsidy.”