Russian thin-film module manufacturing start-up, Hevel Solar has started trial production of its Oerlikon Solar supplied turnkey tandem-junction ‘Micromorph’ a-Si plant.
The company, a joint venture with Russian technology firm Rusnano expects to ramp production in the second-half of 2014 to meet previously planned supply of modules for PV projects with financing from Rusnano and partneships with state-run construction firm Avelar.
Hevel Solar said that 200,000 modules would be produced by the end of the year for the construction of PV power plants with an installed capacity of 25MW.
The production plant was said to employ around 230 workers, which currently included 45 employees from TEL Solar, which previously acquired Oerlikon Solar, yet decided to stop a-Si thin film equipment development and sales but continue to support its customer base.
Hevel Solar is said to have a nameplate capacity of 120MW.