Cited as a ‘lighthouse project’ in Argentina, Schmid Group has signed a contract with a state-owned company, Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado (EPSE) to build a 70MW, fully integrated monocrystalline PV module manufacturing plant in the Argentinean province of San Juan.
The company said that it would also be the general contractor to build the facility including ancillary infrastructure, after an intensive and detailed planning phase had already been completed.
The fully integrated plant was said to be optimized to produce high-efficiency solar cells at a low cost of ownership (CoO), which includes the selection of Schmid’s ‘TinPad’ system that utilizes tin instead of silver for rear side solar cell contacts.
Financial details and project timelines were not disclosed.
In a second phase, the monocrystalline silicon ingot to module production plant would include a polysilicon plant, though no further details were provided.
Modules from the new facility are expected to initially be used to provide electricity for gold and copper mines in the San Juan provinces as well as for artificial irrigation in arid regions. Mining operations are currently using diesel generators only.