Groundbreaking on a new, initial 100MW a-Si/SiGe thin-film plant in Henan Province, China, took place on March 2 by a joint-venture start-up. Henan Gogreen Energy has contracted with Apollo Precision and GS-Solar for the turnkey module production equipment at a cost of approximately US$95.4 million. The joint venture was formed by China Gogreen Assets Investment and  Zhengzhou High-Tech Start-up Investment, which is controlled by the Zhengzhou Municipal People’s Government, Henan Province, China. The company is confident that its initial a-Si/SiGe thin-film modules will have a conversion efficiency of 8%.

“The production line being constructed has adopted the most advanced PECVD technology, which can boost the conversion efficiency of the thin-film solar cells up to 8% with a product yield rate of 90%,” commented Kevin Cho, executive director of China Gogreen “In addition, the advanced technology substantially saves the energy consumption and pollution derived from the production which is environmental friendly, allowing the Zhengzhou High and New Technology Industries Development Zone to be the key renewable energy base in the region.”

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in September 2010. Subject to the actual progress of the project, the company has plans to boost capacity to 400MW by 2013.

China Gogreen also noted that GS-Solar Fujian had been awarded the contract to manage the thin-film plant operations, after construction and installation of equipment had taken place.