The local government of Rio Grande do Sul has announced that Chinese firm Hanergy plans to build a thin-film solar PV module factory in the Brazilian state.
A preliminary agreement was signed in Beijing on 4 December between Hanergy directors, regional Science, Innovation and Technological Development (SCIT) secretary Cleber Prodanov and Susana Kakuta, director of Tecnosinos Technological Park, Sao Leopoldo, where the production line will be built.
Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The capacity of the production line at the planned thin-film facility has also not been revealed.
In 2012, three firms announced that they would be investing around US$377 million in the PV industry in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, including a US$50 million investment by Real Solar into a 240MW PV module factory in Amez, a US$308 million investment by Bacilieri Equipamentos Elétricos into installing around 200MW of capacity across the state of Rio Grande do Sul and around US$19 million invested by Enerbra Indústria e Commercio de Paneis Solar to build PV systems in the state.
The planning phase of Hanergy’s new module facility will be completed by April 2014.
At the beginning of November, Hanergy revealed plans to add 10GW of production capacity, 5.25GW in CIGS and 4.75GW in a-Si.