Everbrite Solar has chosen Kingston, Ontario, as the site for its new amorphous/microcrystalline-silicon thin-film solar PV manufacturing facility–said to be the first of its kind in Canada. The unit of Everbrite Industries is working with several financial advisers to raise CDN$500 million for investment in the highly automated, 150MW annual capacity factory.
Everbrite Solar says that its “revolutionary technology” surpasses traditional a-Si thin-film modules by dramatically increasing the efficiency of the module, lowering costs significantly, and eliminating the environmental hazards associated with the earlier generations.
“With this next-generation optical and coating technology and mechanized production process,” said Karl Scherre, Everbrite Solar’s president/CEO, “generating clean solar power will, at last, be cost-competitive with electricity produced from the burning of fossil fuels.”
The timeline for the construction and production ramp of the new factory has not been disclosed by the company nor were any specific details of manufacturing processes, actual module conversion efficiencies, power output, manufacturing costs, or module pricing.
Other news outlets are reporting that Everbrite Solar will use a turnkey TFPV module production line from an “unnamed overseas manufacturer.” Scherre is also quoted as saying first modules could ship by the end of 2010, if all the financing is lined up.
Another part of the company’s announcement involves Everbrite’s intention to seek a collaborative research agreement with Queen’s University to engage a multidisciplinary team of researchers to help ensure that the company continues to be at the forefront of PV technology.
Everbrite said that it will invest up to CDN$25 million to build an experimental thin-film manufacturing facility to which Queen’s researchers will have access for their studies.