Spire has signed a deal with solar manufacturing start-up Solartech Renewables to provide a turnkey PV module manufacturing line for the new company’s factory in Kingston, NY. The crystalline-silicon line will include Spire’s state-of-the-art equipment, process knowledge, training, and module certification assistance.
Solartech will begin production on its initial 12MW line using Spire’s UL/IEC-certified ST220 module, a 60-cell (156mm, poly c-Si) 220W design. The start-up has said its production facility will become operational in 2010.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Solartech is responding to the need for more U.S.-based manufacturing for PV modules,” said Roger Little, Spire’s chairman/CEO. “With the federal and state incentives for PV systems now in place, the U.S. market has become the fastest growing in the world. It is projected to be more than 2GW by 2011, with as much as a 1GW gigawatt shortfall of U.S.-based manufacturing.”
“We chose Spire because they are renowned for their technology and unfailing support; our experience with them has been outstanding,” said Todd Roberts, CEO of Solartech. “As an American company, they also have the best ability to understand our needs and support us throughout the launch and ramp-up of the factory.”