China-based PV module manufacturer Seraphim Solar is expecting its first overseas facility (300MW) in Jackson, Mississippi to be operational in November 2015 and plans at expand capacity to 1GW over the next three years.
The module assembly plant is claimed to be equipped with highly automated equipment and said to be “the most intelligent automated production line in the industry”.
“Building this plant in the USA is one of many steps to Seraphim's aggressive global strategy,” said Justin Xi, the Global Executive GM of Seraphim. “We are continuing to expand in order to meet the increasing global demand for our products.”
The company said that it had recently completed its 600MW module assembly capacity expansion in China, providing a nameplate capacity of 1.1GW.
The company had announced the expansion in May, 2014 according to PV Tech’s quarterly capacity announcement report, published in sister technical journal Photovoltaics International.
Seraphim also revealed that its US assembly plant would be producing its DuraFlex modules, which are able to bear up to 8000Pa mechanical load as well as its ‘smart’ module offering ‘EzBox’ configured with three junction boxes, to reducing issues with rooftop shading and boost module performance.
Seraphim was the first PV module manufacturer to pass TUV SUD 'Thresher' test and TUV SUD’s on-site Power Measurement Validation program, which guarantees the modules true power output, compared to STC.