Innotech Solar (ITS), a Scandinavian-German module manufacturer, is to ramp up its module production capacity from 60MW to 100MW and could even expand to 170MW.
According to Thomas Hillig, vice president of module sales and marketing at ITS, the uncertainty surrounding the possible duties on Chines modules has been driving demand for its modules.
He explained: “The solar sector is still undergoing a process of consolidation. Many solar manufacturers are selling their photovoltaic modules below production costs, are fitting cheap components in response to price pressure and to avoid disappearing from the market completely.
“We, on the other hand, are able to survive successfully in the market thanks to our innovative production process. There is also an increase in demand for our European modules, because wholesalers and project planners don’t want to risk having to pay punitive duties on Chinese modules. The insolvency of many solar companies in the last few months justifies the need for anti-dumping duties. However, they could come too late for some players.”
The company operates a cell optimisation facility in Halle an der Saale, Germany, while the cells are assembled into modules in Glava, Sweden.
Under the company’s business model, ITS buys cheap, low-efficiency solar cells and restores their performance to full capacity in order to keep costs low. Aside from buying EVA from the Japanese market leader, the company only uses components supplied by European brand manufacturers.
“Our unique business model wins the prize for the cheapest module costs. In the last few weeks, we have attracted many new customers who appreciate the fact that our modules offer high European quality in combination with a low carbon footprint,” said Hillig. “We are now on the lookout for more distributors in the USA, Canada and Europe.”