German based construction and engineering company, M+W, has been awarded a contract to construct a 70MW solar module factory with Schmid Group in Argentina.
M+W will be responsible for engineering, project planning, construction and installation of the 70MW PV production plant in San Juan.
The Schmid Group is the general contractor, which jointly bid with M+W for the winning tender. Provincial energy body for San Juan, Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estrado (EPSE), awarded the contract.
The factory is 13,000 square meters and M&W said it would produce monocrystalline silicon-ingot through to the module.
Production is scheduled to start by mid 2015. The modules produced will be used to power gold and copper mining operations and irrigation systems in San Juan .
M+W Group CEO Jürgen Wild said: “We are making an important contribution to increasing the proportion of the energy mix of EPSE generated by solar power.”
Argentina's President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was present when the contract was signed to show government support of the facility’s development, according to M+W.
Argentina is aiming for 8% of its power to come from renewable energy sources by 2016, or 3GW of renewable energy production – of this 10% is supposedly set aside for solar. Currently an estimated 6.2MW of solar is installed in Argentina.
Argentina’s solar industry has faced problems with financial sourcing in the past, as it lags behind other Latin America solar developers such as Chile, Brazil and Mexico.