Centrosolar Sonnenstromfabrik has increased its overall capacity from 155MWp to 200MWp by updating the oldest of its four production lines at its Wismar plant. The facility has been operating at its capacity limits since May 2009 despite several capacity increases. Centrosolar acknowledges that its almost 140,000 square foot facility has not only reached its physical limits, but will need further examination completed for the potential expansion of the site.
“We may soon have to think about erecting a second production building. Land and labor are available. And we clearly have ample sales opportunities. With appropriate support from our financial partners and the state, further growth is possible,” assured Ralf Hennigs, Sonnenstromfabrik’s managing director.
“With an output of up to 4,000 photovoltaic modules per day, our Sonnenstromfabrik is one of the largest module plants in Europe,” commented Dr. Alexander Kirsch, CEO of Centrosolar Group AG, in connection with the increase. “Thanks to our production processes derived from the automotive industry, we definitely rank as one of the best-quality manufacturers and therefore among the most efficient.” Within the space of a few years Centrosolar Sonnenstromfabrik in Wismar has evolved from a small business into one of the biggest employers in the town of Wismar. The workforce has grown from an initial 15 employees in 2001 to 450. They manufacture high-performance solar modules for the world market on a three-shift basis.