HelioSphera, formerly Next Solar, has officially launched its 27,000m2 state-of-the-art plant with a production area of 17,000 m2 and a fully automated cleanroom of 1,500 m2. The factory, which specializes in producing thin-film photovoltaic panels using Oerlikon’s Micromorph technology, has an annual capacity of 60MW and is located in Tripoli.
PV-Tech reported in March the €185 million investment subsidized by €29.879.500, which is one of the largest private investments in Greece of the past decade; this was included in the Developmental Bill that was voted into law by the plenary of the Greek Parliament. The plant is said to be the largest of its kind in Europe.
The Minister of Economy and Finance Yannis Papathanasiou inaugurated the plant; it also received a blessing from Bishop of Mantineia and Kynoureia Alexandros.
Also present on the day were the Under Secretary of National Education and Religious Affairs, Andreas Lykourentzos, the General Secretary of the Peloponnese Nikolaos Aggelopoulos, the Prefect of Arcadia Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, the Mayor of Tripoli Alexandros Kotsianis and members of the local political leadership.
HelioSphera is also planning a customers’ event in its Tripoli premises in October to celebrate the first commercialization of its products.