PV equipment and technology specialist, Schmid Group, has officially started construction of an integrated PV production plant in Argentina for the provincial government of San Juan.
An estimated 2,000 people were said to have attended a ground-breaking ceremony including government representatives from San Juan and Buenos Aires for the 71MW production plant, which was said to include ingot/wafer and solar cell/module production.
The other key partners in the project include energy provider, Energia Provincial Sociedad del Estado (EPSE) and the Universidad Nacional de San Juan, both based in San Juan.
The integrated production plant was first touted in March 2013, when EPSE announced a letter of intent with Schmid. The planned plant was estimated at the time to have a cost of around US$100 million and was slated for operation by the end of 2014.
However, delivery of the first production tools is expected to be delivered before the end of the year with the fabrication of the first modules said to be scheduled for October 15, 2015.