Schmid Group opens Argentina operations to support new factory

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Schmid Group has followed the start of construction of a new photovoltaics factory in Argentina by opening offices and a warehouse to support the new facility.

The PV technology and equipment specialist began constructing the 71MW production facility in late October with an estimated crowd of 2,000 attending a ground-breaking ceremony, according to reports. The factory will produce ingots and wafers as well as solar cells and modules,

The factory will be built by Schmid for Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado (EPSE), an Argentine energy provider.

The factory, office space and warehouse are all located in San Juan, in the west of the country. The offices and warehouse opened on 12 January, while an originally planned date for the start of production at the factory was pushed back from the end of last year to October 2015.

Schmid said that it will continue to support EPSE’s 71MW plant through Schmid Branch Argentina, providing spare parts and technical assistance, while the company also says it intends to source labour including technical staff and engineers from the local workforce this year.

The factory will supply PV materials and finished products to both the centralised energy market including residential and commercial projects, as well as off-grid and remote applications such as mining operations and irrigation schemes.

Schmid’s manager at the site, James Gibbons, called the new facility a “landmark” project for EPSE.

“I am very pleased to participate in this landmark project of the energy supplier EPSE,” he said.

“The San Juan province plays an important pioneering role in the introduction of renewable energies in Argentina and throughout South America.”

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