New firm, S4 Solar do Brasil has said it has teamed with equipment suppliers, Meyer Burger, Confirmware and Jinchen Machinery Co to provide a 100MW automated c-Si PV module assembly plant at a cost of around R$30 million (US$13.2 million).
S4 Solar said that it had already signed module supply contracts with agricultural companies in the Mato Grosso and Goiás regions of Brazil totalling 45MW, which is expected to be its key initial markets. The plant will be located in the Agro-Industrial District of Annapolis (DAIA) in Goiás, according to the company.
“We already have 45 MW contracted from agricultural companies in Mato Grosso and Goiás,” noted João Eugenio Jr., President of S4 Solar. “We have worked hard in the dissemination of technology among these companies in recent years.”
S4 Solar noted that it would be able to fabricate conventional c-Si PV modules as well as glass/glass modules once the line was commissioned.
The company expects production to start ramping at around 2MW per month in January 2015, increasing to 7-8MW per month in the first year or production.
S4 Solar has also teamed with Chinese producer, Linuo Solar for solar cell technology, which is planned to be added to the plant in 2017.
The company plans on obtaining all necessary international certifications to export modules in the future.