Project developer SKY Energy International and Metals Engineering Corporation (METEC) are celebrating the fabrication of the first solar panel in Ethiopia.

The country’s first turnkey module assembly line was commissioned in April 2012 in a partnership between Spire Corporation, SKY and METEC. The installation of the factory was successfully completed in December last year at which time engineers laminated, tested and produced the solar panels.

SKY Energy International handled the logistics of the various machines involved in manufacturing the solar panels as well as the initial purchase of raw materials for the factory. Training was also conducted for the Ethiopian operators in the US. The final phase of training at the factory is expected to take place on February 2013.